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Dean Wray, Thanh Nguyen, Julie Brauninger, Deborah Unger

DHS student performs with NOCCA

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) proudly invites the public to enjoy the student production of Matthew Burnett’s Theophilus North, based on Thornton Wilder’s final work, at NOCCA’s Nims Black Box Theatre, 2800 Chartres St. in New Orleans. Performances run Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at 7 p.m., with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 1.

Students from across the region will be featured in the production, including Dean Wray, a senior at Destrehan High School.

River Parishes has new Pharmacy Dir.

River Parishes Hospital is pleased to announce Thanh Nguyen, PharmD, as its new Director of Pharmacy.

Nguyen most recently served as a Staff Pharmacist at East Jefferson General Hospital, as a Staff Pharmacist at St. Charles Parish Hospital and as the Pharmacy Manager at CVS Pharmacy in LaPlace.

He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans, and a Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree from Xavier University School of Pharmacy. He brings with him over eight years of business administration experience and three years of Pharmacy experience.

"I am extremely honored to be a part of River Parishes Hospital," Nguyen said. "I look forward to working with everyone as we continue to provide exceptional healthcare and customer service."

HHS employee earns $1,500 grant

HHS Staff Development Facilitator Julie Brauninger received a Brown Foundation Grant in the amount of $1,540. The grant will be used for Imelda Aucoin’s special education classes. She and her students will visit the Norco Adult Day Care Center to celebrate holidays. The students will gain skills in grocery shopping, communication and citizenship as they prepare holiday materials to be shared with clients of the center for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mardi Gras and Easter.

Deborah Unger receives grant for literacy project

Hahnville High School teacher Deborah S. Unger recently received a $4,640 Service Learning Grant from the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation.

Through her "Adolescents Advocate Literacy" project, Unger and the students in her gifted English classes will promote reading at Hahnville High, at numerous St. Charles Parish elementary schools and within the St. Charles Parish community at large.

One literacy project involves a partnership with various St. Charles Parish elementary schools, where Unger’s students will read to approximately 25 classes, organize activities related to the books and present the books as gifts for those elementary classroom libraries. For another project, Unger’s students will read and write book reviews for books that they have selected during a field trip to Barnes and Noble. Due to their varied, individual interests, the range of books will vary from nonfiction about science and history to classic novels and best-sellers. The book reviews will be published in the St. Charles Herald-Guide.

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