Lynn Foy,

a first-grade teacher at Joseph A. Craig Elementary School in Tremé, has been selected to receive a 2008 Milken National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. Foy, who was chosen by her Craig peers as Teacher of the Year, has had great success with "The Foy Way," the curriculum she designed after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the school's textbooks. Foy and the other honorees will receive their awards, which include a $25,000 no-strings-attached prize, at the Milken National Educational Conference next April in Los Angeles.

Ken Bouvier,

a paramedic and 25-year veteran of the City of New Orleans Department of Emergency Services, received the Rocco Morando Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor possible from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, at a ceremony in Las Vegas last week. A volunteer with NOEMS for 20 years, Bouvier served as EMS commander during this year's Carnival season, overseeing all emergency responses during Mardi Gras.

Second Harvest,

which runs a food bank for Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, doubled its average monthly services after September's storms, providing more than 2 million pounds of food to Louisiana residents in the wake of Hurricane Gustav. In recognition of the food bank's efforts, Chevron presented Second Harvest with a check for $120,000 at last Thursday's "Harvest the Music" concert series in Lafayette Square, an amount that should supply half a million meals for needy residents in south Louisiana.

Holy Cross School

celebrated a construction milestone at its new campus on Paris Avenue last week — a "topping off" ceremony atop its middle school building. Such ceremonies are a tradition for steelworkers and mark completion of the final level of a new building's steel structure by placing a small tree atop the structure. Holy Cross, an all-boys Catholic middle and high school, saw its historic Lower Ninth Ward campus decimated by floodwaters during Hurricane Katrina. Its new campus near the lakefront marks New Orleans' first major new school construction project after Katrina.