Several teachers from the Jefferson Parish Public School System have been awarded grants from the Quality Science and Mathematics Grant Program.

Established by the Louisiana Legislature in 1992, the aim of the program is to provide materials and equipment to math and science public school teachers. The program, administered by the Gordon Cain STEM Center at LSU, awarded approximately $162,000 in grants to classroom teachers for the academic year.

On the east bank, teachers receiving the award were Allison Drake, Alice Birney Elementary; Lintz Adams, Green Park Elementary; Kelly Carter and Jackie May, Phoebe Hearst Elementary; Mary Crane, Michelle Leonard, Lisa Rednour and Amanda Stevens, Riverdale Middle; and Maggie Grindstaff and Lisa Valence, Patrick Taylor Science and Technology Academy.

Pasta dinner planned

The Knights of Columbus Council 9007 of St. Angela Merici Church will host its spaghetti and meatball dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and again from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the Monsignor Kern Center on the church campus, 901 Beverly Garden Drive, Metairie.

The cost of the dinner is $8 per person and will include meatballs and spaghetti, salad and bread. Desserts and refreshments will be sold separately.

Dance registration begins

Friday is the last day to register for free dance classes for children ages 9 to 14 offered by the New Orleans Ballet Association.

Registration will be at the Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy, 2504 Maine Ave., Kenner.

NOBA’s after-school programs offer 5,500 tuition-free classes, performances and workshops for young people throughout the New Orleans area.

For registration times and more information, call (504) 522-0996, ext. 207.

Volunteers needed

Start The Adventure in Reading children’s literacy program is looked for tutors for the remainder of the school year.

The final tutor training will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 3412 Haring Road, Metairie. Only one two-hour training session is required, and no experience is necessary.

To register for training or for more information, call the STAIR office at (504) 899-0820, email or visit

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events on the east bank of Jefferson Parish. She can be reached by calling (504) 430-8053 or by email at