Entergy Louisiana awards grants that enrich River Parish communities

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 1, 2000

L’Observateur / November 1, 2000

RESERVE – Entergy Louisiana has awarded $93,000 in Community Partnership grants that included a forestry awareness program, a reading laboratory, a juvenile justice program for troubled teen-agers and a homework assistance workshop.

“These grants help enrich each of our communities,” Entergy customer service manager Tammy Frank said. “Many schools and non-profit agencies use theirimagination to enhance the lives of others. We’re pleased to be part of helpingstudents read or supporting a mentoring program. In some cases we’re improvingthe quality of life by improving a city street block or town square.”Forty-three Entergy Community Partnership grants ranging from $1,000 to $250 were awarded to programs in South Louisiana at a luncheon held recently at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.

Entergy Baton Rouge lead customer service manager Bill Benedetto was master of ceremonies. Frank presented grant checks to recipients. Grants are given to civic and service clubs and schools who must find matching funds. Each program must have positive impact on communities, schools or youthin the area of education or community involvement.

“Entergy believes we all have to partner our efforts if we want communities and our youth to thrive,” Frank said. “These programs team us with groups working tomake our communities better places to live and work.”Area grants awarded include:

St. John Shade Tree, sponsored by St. John 4-H Foundation. The goal of thecommittee is to distribute trees and educate the public on planting. The committeemakes small trees available for homeowners for planting in their yards and along streets in public view.

The Southern Timber Industry of Louisiana Exhibition, sponsored by The Timbermill Museum. The purpose is to design, produce and install an exhibition onthe Southern Timber Industry of Louisiana from the historic artifacts, documents, plats and photographs in the collection of the Timbermill Museum.

I Spy Mother Nature, sponsored by Gramercy Elementary School. This is a kid-friendly hands-on science initiative aligned to the Louisiana Science Frameworks that will engage students in life science experiences.

Peer Assistance Learning Study and Transforming, sponsored by John L. OryElementary School. Its objectives are to develop and strengthen problem solvingskills, critical thinking, creative skills, create a web, video, digital and hyperstudio presentation that will be linked with the school’s broadcast studio and aired on Time Warner.

A Taste of Louisiana, sponsored by St. Joan of Arc School. This is an integratedsocial studies and language arts project to promote the community and state.

Project also will help students develop letter-writing skills.

Spay and Neuter Assistance Program, sponsored by Riverlands SPCA. Thisprogram is dedicated to help people and animals in the River Parishes. To eliminatepet overpopulation, the group will offer education to adults and school children.

Training and Supervisory Grant, sponsored by the St. John the Baptist CASAServices Inc. This program addresses a weakness in the parish’s child welfare andjudicial systems. The program is dedicated to recruiting and training 30representatives for the estimated 312 children involved in juvenile court.

St. John Theatre Lighting Project, sponsored by the St. John Theatre CulturalCenter. The 1931 movie theater was converted into a cultural center for theparish. Funds from this project will be used to furnish a well-lit stage for ballet,symphonies and concerts. Up stage lighting will enhance the scenery.

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