On Tuesday, April 18, the members of the Brother Martin faculty and staff joined together for their annual Faculty Day of Experience. Last year, faculty and staff answered Pope Francis’ call of “Mercy” and volunteered for the St. Bernard Project (SBP) by renovating homes in the Gentilly area. This year, they traveled to the Bywater area and volunteered their time and talents at KIPP Renaissance High School on St. Claude Ave. They also partnered with NOLA Tree Project which is under the direction of Ms. Connie Uddo (Nicolas Uddo ’12). The day began with a Mass celebrated by Bro. Louis Couvillon, S.C. In his homily, he reminded the Brother Martin faculty and staff that their service work is vital to the continuing growth of the Gentilly neighborhoods and that they should use their talents not only inside the classroom, but also outside of school. Then, Mr. Tom Baier, Campus Minister, led groups to the school and introduced members of the NOLA Tree Project and the KIPP Renaissance administration team. Leading our volunteers were NOLA Tree Project coordinators who assigned different tasks to faculty and staff which consisted of painting fences, raking leaves, cleaning storm drains, cutting bushes, and planting trees. Before the rainstorm, the faculty and staff completed all tasks. Teams worked diligently in unison cutting, chopping, painting, raking, and digging to beautify the surrounding area and also to enhance the exterior look of the school which has very limited resources available to them. By the end of their time together, the faculty and staff felt a deep satisfaction and enjoyed bonding on this meaningful day of service. Whatever the task is next year, they will continue to be “ALL IN” for Brother Martin.
“KIPP New Orleans Schools is building a high quality, sustainable network of tuition free, open enrollment, college preparatory public charter schools that empowers students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in school and life.” KIPP
“The mission of NOLA Tree Project is growing stronger, healthier communities through tree planting, community service, and disaster relief programs.” NOLA Tree Project
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