City Year Baton Rouge receives national award

City Year Baton Rouge, a national education-focused nonprofit that partners with public schools to help students stay on track to graduate, has received the Stephen G. Woodsum Best of City Year Award from the national organization, City Year.

The annual award is given to City Year sites that have performed exceptionally. The award was announced at City Year’s National Summer Academy in Boston on July 14.

This past school year, 64 City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps members served as tutors, mentors and role models for nearly 3,000 students in six East Baton Rouge Parish schools — Broadmoor Middle, Capitol Middle, Claiborne Elementary, Melrose Elementary, Merrydale Elementary and Winbourne Elementary.

The award recognizes City Year Baton Rouge’s outstanding service impact during the 2014-15 school year. About 82 percent of students tutored by City Year in Baton Rouge improved their scores on state assessments, and 38 percent moved from below proficient to proficient or above on state assessments.

Healthy BR receives national recognition

Healthy BR, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden’s initiative promoting exercise and healthier eating, has received the prestigious NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association.

Representatives from local hospitals and the mayor’s office accepted the award July 25 in San Francisco. Healthy BR is one of five national winners of this year’s NOVA Award, which recognizes hospitals and collaborations that are taking innovative steps to improve community health. The program has more than 70 partner organizations, including the area’s five acute-care hospitals.

Mellinger installed as state CAR president

Zachary Mellinger was installed as president of the Louisiana Society Children of the American Revolution on July 4 at the annual American flag giveaway event sponsored by the John James Audubon Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

He is the son of Joy Mellinger and attends Live Oak High School.

William Martin, immediate past president, conducted the installation. Afterwards, members joined the DAR chapter to give over 200 flags to patrons of the Red Stick Farmers Market.

The Children of the American Revolution is the nation’s oldest and largest patriotic youth organization and offers membership to anyone under age 22 who is lineally descended from someone who served in the Continental Army or gave material aid to the cause of freedom in the American Revolution. Contact Desha Martin, LSCAR senior president, ddwmartin@cox.net.

EBRSO officer honored at NOBLE conference

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Capt. Frederick L. Thomas won a national award for developing of the most innovative membership recruitment initiative for 2014-15 at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives 39th annual Training Conference and Exhibition July 11-15 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Baton Rouge Middle District Chapter was selected National Top Recruiting Chapter for 2014-15. Thomas was elected to the executive board as Region 5 vice president serving Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

NOBLE represents over 3,000 members nationwide, primarily African-American chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county and municipal levels, other law enforcement administrators and criminal justice practitioners. The Baton Rouge Middle District Chapter meets on the second Thursday of the month. The chapter can be reached at P.O. Box 318205, Baton Rouge, LA 70831-8205.

Gassler Assembly visits La. War Veterans Home

Msgr. Gassler Assembly 0319 of Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus visited the Louisiana Veterans Home in Jackson on July 13. Members served coffee and doughnuts, and conducted a bingo social. Participants were Calvin Clouarte, Louis Rogge, Vince Dubroc, Anthony Michelli, Dickie Watson, George Gelpi, Robert Nolan, Ron Coco, Vance Thomas Jr. and Albert Langlois.

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