The Cinderella Project will host its Sixth annual Dress Giveaway from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9 at the Louisiana State Police Headquarters Cafeteria, 7901 Independence Blvd.

High school students statewide who are in financial need of a free prom dress are welcome to attend.

Throughout the year, The Cinderella Project collects donated evening gowns from individuals and retailers in the Baton Rouge community in preparation for its annual Dress Giveaway event.

At 8 a.m., on the day of the giveaway, students will begin to sign up for 30-minute shopping appointments on a first come, first served basis.

Students are required to bring their high school ID, a current year report card or letter from their principal, teacher or guidance counselor as proof of school enrollment and a female parent or guardian older than 18 with them.

Students do not need to provide proof of financial need; eligibility for a free dress is on the honor system.

To ensure a respectful, organized shopping experience, each student is paired with a volunteer personal shopper who guides the student through The Cinderella Project’s dress inventory and helps her try on and select a dress. Students try on gowns in individual dressing rooms and view themselves in floor-length mirrors.

Learn about agriculture

Louisiana Young Ag Producers is a one-year, intensive classroom and hands-on, mentor-based experience that introduces high school juniors and seniors to the options available to them in the areas of food and fiber production and encourages them to enter an agriculture career, said program coordinator Bobby Soileau in an email.

Applications for the 2013-2014 class are being accepted now.

“This program provides students an opportunity to learn more about becoming an agricultural producer,” Soileau said. “Candidates must demonstrate a sincere interest in entering the profession, agree to attend the summer institutes held in 2013 and 2014, and complete 50 internship hours with a qualified mentor during the 2013-2014 school term.”

The 2013 summer session will be held July 22-26 on the LSU-Baton Rouge campus, Soileau said. In addition to the AgCenter, major sponsors of the program include the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Information on the application process is available online at The application deadline is March 1, 2013.

Nominate ‘Huggable’ heroes

The Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes program is accepting nominations for young people ages 8 to 18 who are doing their part to make the world a better place.

Ten Huggable Heroes will each receive $10,000 which includes an educational scholarship, a donation to a charity of their choice, and a mentoring scholarship to support their charitable entrepreneurships.

In celebration of the 10th birthday of its Huggable Heroes program, Build-A-Bear Workshop is joining forces with Jefferson Awards for Public Service, founded 40 years ago by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Sen. Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard.

Each Huggable Hero will be paired with a mentor through the Jefferson Awards GLOBECHANGERS system for a year in order to develop valuable skills for writing business plans, networking and fundraising.

Nominations will be accepted online at or by mail until Feb. 28. Nomination forms also are available at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores.

The Huggable Heroes will also receive a trip to St. Louis, home of Build-A-Bear Workshop World Bearquarters, where they will be celebrated for their work, participate in a Jefferson Awards GLOBECHANGERS BOOTCAMP session, take part in a day of service, and have their photos taken to potentially be featured in the Build-A-Bear Workshop 2014 calendar.

Entries will be narrowed down to 80 semifinalists in March and 30 finalists in May. On June 10, selected young people will be named 2013 Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes.

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