The Walton Family Foundation
awarded New Orleans Teach for America programs a $3 million grant, part of a $20 million nationwide grant marked for low-income schools. Teach for America has 400 instructors throughout Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and St. John the Baptist parishes.
The Produce Marketing Association
announced July 27 that it will donate 27 salad bars to schools in four states, including Louisiana, where 10 schools in St. Tammany and Orleans parishes will receive them. The $70,000 initiative supports First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign and the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative. The association donated 11 salad bars in California earlier this year.
The U.S. Public Health Service, Health Resources and Services Administration
awarded Loyola University's School of Nursing a $350,000 grant last month to fund advanced practice nursing education. The grant covers tuition, stipends and books for students working in underserved communities and rural areas. The grant will be distributed in the fall semester.
Jordan A. Sanchez
pleaded guilty July 18 in U.S. District Court to submitting a fraudulent claim to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, from which he received $27,000. Sanchez sent a fraudulent letter from a local catering company for which he had never worked, claiming he lost his job because of the BP oil disaster. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.