Students Rebuild in New Orleans on Spring Break

Thirteen dedicated Villa Maria students, accompanied by Ms. Kaitlin Broomell and Mrs. Anna Cozzone, spent their spring break building a house in New Orleans through the St. Bernard Project.

The travelers began with an education on the history of Hurricane Katrina, visiting a museum, touring the Ninth Ward and the levees, and talking with residents. Then the students spent five (hot and humid) days installing drywall in a house destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. Ms. Broomell said, “It was a great team building activity. The finished drywall was a visible reminder of the work we did. We knew we were making a difference.”

The house the Villa students renovated in New Orleans over their Easter Break has been featured in the news.  The group that came in to volunteer after Villa was Zurich, an insurance company.  Zurich volunteers are featured in the story, but you can see the work that our Villa volunteers did.

Mr. Theo, the owner of the home, remembers all the volunteers who worked on his home by hanging their photos on a wall.  A photo of the Villa volunteers is now hanging on that wall. Please click here to see the house.