Pelicans Reward Outstanding Students at Emerge Event
It was a radiant day in the park on Thursday, May 9, as over 350 New Orleans elementary students gathered to be celebrated for their perfect attendance during the 2012-13 school year. The Salvation Army, Richard’s Disposal and the New Orleans Pelicans combined efforts once again to acknowledge the academic success of Recovery School District youth by hosting the Emerge end-of-year event on a beautiful afternoon at Audubon Park.
The event started in the morning as students were welcomed by Hugo and the Honeybees and directed to various entertainment stations. Students had the opportunity to play volleyball or football, get tattoos and autographs from the Honeybees, and dance to the wide array of music provided by DJ Tim Plunkett.
Shortly after being addressed by Terri Luster of the Salvation Army and Dana Peterson of the Recovery School District, the young boys and girls were fed lunch and then participated in an egg hunt. Mr. Peterson let the students know just how proud they should be of themselves for their accomplishments throughout the school year.
“Congratulations to all of our young people,” said Peterson. “Being out here today shows that they have the characteristics to lead a great life. These kids have shown tenacity, dedication and commitment, and they should be congratulated for that.
“I want to thank our teachers, staff and faculty at our schools who make our schools such a great place to be. These kids want to come to school and experience great learning and new things. Also, we want to thank the New Orleans Pelicans, Richard’s Disposal and the Salvation Army for being such great partners. It takes a community and a family of educators to really get the job done for our kids.”
Shannon Bryce, CFO of Richard’s Disposal, echoed Mr. Peterson’s statements and noted the importance of strong role models and positive influences for the youth of New Orleans.
“It’s important for young people, especially with all the different distractions out there, to learn the importance of going to school, getting a good education, and learn that by doing positive things you get positivity and rewards back,” Bryce said. “Having sponsors and adult mentors who can help them by letting them know the difference between right and wrong is so important.”