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The New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD)
raised $21,070 to support the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross (ARCNO) during NOFD's Red Cross Month in March. In 2014, NOFD and ARCNO partnered to raise awareness of the importance of smoke alarms, and ARCNO donated more than 1,700 smoke alarms to New Orleans families through the Project: S.A.F.E. and Operation: Save-A-Life initiatives.

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Allie Segura
was named a Learning Media Lead Digital Innovator by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Segura, a teacher at St. George's Episcopal School, is the only Louisiana teacher to receive the honor in 2015. The recognition comes with a three-day trip to Philadelphia to participate in the 2015 PBS Learning Media Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education conference.

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donated $10,000 to Warren Easton Charter High School this month during a taping of The Ellen Degeneres Show. Target awarded $1,000 to the school each time actress/producer Sandra Bullock correctly answered a question in a game DeGeneres emceed. Bullock is a longtime supporter of the school and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Kim Cassell
pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court May 13 to stealing more than $140,000 in federal grant money from Open World Family Services, a defunct nonprofit group that benefited New Orleans students — between 2010 and 2012. Cassell, who was director of the nonprofit, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution to the U.S. Department of Education. She is set to be sentenced in August.


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