A Catholic of Pointe Coupee High teacher was selected as one of two teachers in the state to receive the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award.

Michael Cilano was awarded $500 and the Teacher of the Year Award for having shown outstanding creativity, commitment and inspiration in developing student interest in history.

Middle and high school teachers were nominated by their administrators and peers for the award with each participating state being allowed to select one high school and one middle school teacher to each receive the state award.

“This honor would not be made possible without the tireless effort and dedication of the students I teach,” Cilano said in a news release. “I am very fortunate and humbled to work with such a bright group of kids. This honor is yet another validation of why I love the career I so passionately pursue.”

Iberville buys land

The Iberville Parish council has agreed to buy a 3.09 acre parcel of land adjacent to the Bayou Sorrel Catholic Church from the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

The parish’s Parks & Recreation Department had already been leasing the land for several years for a ball field, a walking trail and outdoor pavilion and the council agreed to buy it for $57,000 when it was notified the Diocese wanted to sell the property.

Ballet in Iberville schools

The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre’s Ballet for Children program is coming to Iberville Parish on Wednesday to put on two free performances of “Journey to the Emerald City: Healthy Stops and Healthy Swaps.”

One of the performances is at 10 a.m. at the Math, Science and Arts Academy-West campus’ Performance Arts Center in Plaquemine. A second performance is set for 2 p.m. in the White Castle High School cafeteria.

“Journey to the Emerald City” takes the Cajun Marie out of Louisiana and into the magical land of Oz as familiar characters such as Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man introduce students to dance and nutrition through humorous dialogue woven between original choreography.

Belle Époque at museum

The West Baton Rouge Museum will present its new exhibition, “A Louisianian’s Grand Tour During the Belle Époque,” through July 20.

The exhibit is inspired by the diary of Aurelie “LeLe” Levert of St. Delphine Plantation in Addis who, at the age of 25, traveled to Europe with her sister, brother and cousin during the Belle Époque.

The group spent the summer of 1900 traveling in western Europe as well as London, but spent most of their time in Paris for the famed Exhibition Universelle (World’s Fair) of 1900.

The exhibit will include images and video from the Paris World’s Fair and examples of the decorative art, technology and fashion that were popular at the turn-of-the-century. It will also showcase several pieces of modern art inspired by the impressionism of Claude Monet, who was one of the most well-known and beloved artists of the Belle Époque.

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