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School House Rock

March 20, 2012

By Tiffany Montano, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Sarah T. Reed High School

On Wednesday, March 7th, members of the Sarah T. Reed team attended and presented at a Host Committee kick-off cocktail party for the School House Rock fundraiser.  This will be the first fundraiser since New Orleans and Baton Rouge became independent sites.  Corps members, TaiQuay Smith, Michael Ho, and I presented to the Host Committee while corps members Quinton Stroud and Dominic Origlio supported us in reaching as many of the committee as possible and putting faces to the name “City Year” by mingling with the crowd.

First, Michael Ho stepped up to explain why he chose to serve with City Year, and particularly, City Year New Orleans.  He said, “New Orleans is a great city in need – perhaps THE city in need.”  His stirring testimony rang true for the people in the room.

Next, I presented on what a day in the life of a City Year corps member looks like.  I explained the basics of what we do to address the national drop-out crisis.  However, what seemed to strike the audience the most was a point that I made sure to stress: we establish consistency and reliability in these students’ lives.  For many of our students, City Year showing up and leaving at the same time every day is the most stability they experience in a given day.

Finally, TaiQuay Smith demonstrated how our work translates on the micro-level with a story about her most improved student.  When once this student refused to do her work and wandered the halls with a mouth like a sailor, TaiQuay has now instilled discipline, respect, and most importantly, self-confidence into this student.  TaiQuay’s moving narrative drew members of the Host Committee who wanted to learn more about her.

The School House Rock fundraiser will hopefully help us expand our service to more schools through the enlisting of even more corps members by generating awareness as well as revenue through sponsorships and ticket sales.

The event will take place Thursday, April 12 from 6:30-9:30pm, at Rosy’s Jazz Hall.

We have a limited number of discounted tickets reserved for alumni, nonprofits and service partners. For more information on availability and how to purchase these tickets, please contact Ali Castillo at

Honorary Co-Chairs:
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Mrs. Cheryl Landrieu

Honoring School House Rock Star:
Patricia Riddlebarger
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Entergy Corporation

Entertainment by NOCCA Jazz Big Band
Photography provided by Dear World


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