Tickets are on sale for BREC’s Independence Park Theatre and Cultural Center’s production of “The Lightning Thief” at 7 p.m. May 8.

A special school performance is planned for 9 a.m. that day at 7800 Independence Blvd.

Tickets are available at Independence Park Theatre or online at

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 16 years old and younger. Tickets for the school performance are $8.

For information, call (225) 216-0660 or visit

Sacred Heart honors grads

Sacred Heart School is celebrating its alumni who are graduating from high school in May, a news release from the school said.

Alumni include:

Cara King, who is graduating from St. Joseph Academy, has a 4.09 grade-point average and is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and National Society of High School Scholars, the release says.

Joshua Pickell, a senior at Catholic High School, who was selected as a Boys’ State counselor and plans to attend LSU.

Darnecia Sylve, who is graduating from Gray Collegiate Academy, West Columbia, South Carolina. She was nominated and attended the National Young Leaders’ Conference and is a member of National Honor Society and Coker College Junior Scholar Awards. She received the NAACP Young Urban League All Around Award. She plans to attend Columbia College, where she received the Momentum Scholarship.

Top fundraisers announced

Community Coffee recently announced the top fundraising schools in its Community Cash for Schools program, which awards money to schools for collecting its coffee products’ UPC labels.

This year, 833 schools across the region collected more than 3.7 million UPCs.

Top schools in the Baton Rouge area included St. Aloysius School, $2,522.90, and Our Lady Of Mercy, $2,700.

Local public and private schools have earned millions of dollars from the Community Cash for Schools program, now in its 26th year, a news release said. The schools can use the money any way they choose, whether that is playground equipment, computers, educational supplies or other needed items, the release said. The program is open to local public and private schools.

For information on the Community Cash for Schools program, visit and enroll online or call (800) 525-5583.

Contact Mid City Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1998; or email ddenstorff@theadvocate. Deadline: 2 p.m. Friday.