Acadiana briefs for Dec. 25, 2013

Free program teaches students gardening

Free cabbage plants are available to third-grade teachers through the National Bonnie Plants Third-Grade Cabbage Program.

Teachers can register for the program at http://bonniecab and 2-inch plants will be delivered in the spring. Teachers distribute the plants and provide instructions to students to grow the plants at home. At the end of each season, teachers select a winner based on size, appearance and maturity.

Classroom winners are entered into a state contest with a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

Foundation taking grant applications in January

Applications for the Lourdes Foundation grant program will be available starting Jan. 3.

To apply for the 2014 grant cycle, visit and select the Lourdes Foundation page.

The deadline for completed applications is noon Feb. 14.

For more information about the 2014 Lourdes Foundation grants, call Jeigh Stipe, executive director, at (337) 470-4610 or email at

Compiled by the Acadiana bureau