New Orleans School of Cooking
was among 20 small businesses nationwide to be awarded Mission Main Street grants from Chase. The school, celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, received $150,000. Covington's Chemo Beanies, founded by two sisters who survived cancer, received $250,000 from the Mission Main Street Program in 2014.
Norman C. Francis
received the 2015 St. Ives Award from the Loyola University New Orleans' College of Law Alumni Association at a ceremony Feb. 6. Francis is the longest-sitting university president (at Xavier University) and was the first African-American to graduate from Loyola's law school. The award is the association's highest honor, named after the patron saint of lawyers.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation
distributed $50,000 to ProStart programs at 36 Louisiana high schools. ProStart is a two-year culinary management program for high school students, who learn cooking techniques and restaurant management skills. Schools received an average of $1,400 to fund teaching materials, field trips, food and more.
An employee at Lake Forest Charter School
stole more than $2,000 from the eastern New Orleans school in 2013, according to an independent audit conducted by the accounting firm LaPorte. The school and the report did not identify the employee, though The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com reported the school recovered the money and fired the employee.