Landry studentshold food drive

Students at L.B. Landry High School, 1200 L.B. Landry Ave. in Algiers, collected more than 400 pounds of food over the holidays to assist 360 hungry people, school officials said. Landry juniors and faculty members sponsored the food drive.

“It is a testament to what students can accomplish when driven by a common purpose to help others,” said Vera Triplett, L.B. Landry principal. “It was inspiring to watch the students come in for 30 days straight with food donations. We were all very proud of what they accomplished.”

The food was given to Second Harvest’s Food Box Program, which provides a three-day supply of food for people and families in temporary crisis, as well as victims of natural disasters.

Morris Jeff School makes call for art

Calling all artists! The deadline is Feb. 15 to contribute donations from artists who would like to support Morris Jeff Community School. Artwork will be donated at an auction March 2 at the Marigny Opera House. For more information, visit

Superintendent pays visit to top students

Three students were recently surprised with a visit from Jefferson Parish Public Schools Superintendent James Meza Jr., who congratulated the students for being chosen as the “Student of the Year” for elementary, middle and high school levels.

Each honored student received a cookie bouquet as a sweet treat.

The 2012-13 JPPSS students of the year are Joshua Korn, Harold Keller Elementary; Injee Hong, Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies; and J. Cindy Simporios, Helen Cox High School.

Two Jeff science teachers honored

Leslie St. Julien, a teacher at Truman Middle School, and Shelia Banks, a teacher at John Ehret High School, have been chosen as Fellows in the 2012-2013 National Science Teachers Association New Science Teacher Academy.

Banks and St. Julien are two of 11 NSTA Fellows from Louisiana and are among 244 science educators across the country selected for the yearlong professional development program.

“High-quality science instruction is so critical for the future success of our students,” said Superintendent James Meza Jr. “This fellowship program is a great opportunity for two of our talented science educators to further develop their craft and get even better as teachers and leaders in their schools.”

The fellowship program is designed to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge.

Chapelle team aids hungry children

The Archbishop Chapelle High School basketball team raised $1,384 to help feed children in Mali, Africa, and collected 3,243 cans of food to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank to help the hungry all over Louisiana.

With the theme, “Hunger Games,” the team sold T-shirts, played games during lunch, and sponsored a bake sale during their basketball game.

Head basketball coach Keily Schork and team raised the money for the Catholic Relief Services to help the children of Mali. Team members include Bailey Sharp, Alex Hunt, Jordyn Casiano, Ciara Grayson, Kelsey Conley, Brandi Rambeau, Gabby DuVernay, Samantha Mracich, Emily Carpenter, Lyndsey Sallinger, Burckel Gervais, Kayla Jones, Lindsey Powell, and Rae Sharp.

Art instructor’s work on display

Lake Area New Tech Early College High School art instructor Rickey Henry’s artwork is on display at the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Art Exhibition at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center.

This year’s exhibition, “Loving Your Enemies,” celebrates the life and legacy of King, the Civil Rights Movement, and those working to further peace and human understanding.

Henry describes “Forgiveness,” a graphite on paper sketch. “I created this artwork specifically for this exhibition.”

“Because the theme is ‘Loving Your Enemies,’ we have a Black Panther who is baptizing a Caucasian male. By baptizing him, he’s absolving this young man of all of his sins.”

The exhibition, which runs through March 30, is hosted by the Ashé Cultural Arts Center. Admission is free.

Volleyball coach, players recognized

Mount Carmel head volleyball coach April Hagadone was named Division I Coach of the Year. Mount Carmel Academy also had three players named to the All-State Team. They are Jade Sorrell, Regina Baxter and Katie Kampen, who was also named Division I Player of the Year.

Cabrini holds annual ‘No Place for Hate’

Cabrini’s No Place for Hate club held its fourth annual Anti-bullying/No Name Calling Week. The group has earned recognition banners the last two years from the Anti Defamation League for their efforts.

To kick off the week, club members create a pledge board where Cabrini students, faculty and staff post words and phrases that are offensive to serve as reminders for all to be considerate and compassionate of others.

Each day, student members of the organization add terms, reminders and thought-provoking messages during morning announcements. Students are encouraged to sign the pledge “to combat prejudice and to speak out against all forms of prejudice and discrimination.”