Club awards 10 book scholarships _lowres

Photo provided by Le Sanctuary Book ClubÑRecipients of Le Sanctuary book scholarships include, from left, Rachael McGee, Markell Swatt, Zaria Brown, Brittany Smith, Kasia Washington, Jewel McGary, Casey DuPart, Kayla Williams and VichŽ Stevenson. Derecka Alexander also received a book scholarship.

Le Sanctuary book club awarded book scholarships to 10 college-bound freshmen from the New Orleans area during its “Stars & Strikes Celebrity Day Soiree and Bowling Bash,” held at Fulton Alley in New Orleans during the weekend of the Essence Music Festival.

Supporting the initiative were P.J. Morton, a member of Maroon 5, and wardrobe stylist Thomasina “Goo Goo” Atkins.

“Ten years after Katrina, our city is still regaining, rebuilding and improving,” said Angela L. Young, founder and president of Le Sanctuary Book Club. “We are doing our part to help move the Crescent City forward by providing literary support to women in the Greater New Orleans area.”

“I was educated in New Orleans through my high school years, and literacy has always been important to me,” Morton said. “Education and literacy, combined, helped me to realize my full potential. College books are expensive. Thanks to Le Sanctuary Book Club, this year’s recipients will have a lighter financial load as they embark upon a new journey in life.”