Opened in 2001 as part of the vision of the late Fr. Harry Tompson, S.J., the Good Shepherd School provides an excellent education, paid for by benefactors, in a safe and nurturing environment to at-risk, underserved children in New Orleans. The effect of this exceptional academic opportunity is to empower these children by providing them with the tools to break away from the cycle of poverty into which they are born.
Some people are great artists. Others donate to good causes. And some are both. Paris Vincent (GSS class of ’13) is such an individual. A recent graduate of Good Shepherd School, Paris is involved in the New Orleans YAYA program.
“YAYA is an after-school arts and professional enrichment program” which aims to set “New Orleans youth on positive, productive paths” for the future (www.yayainc.com/about-ya-ya). In existence for two decades now, YAYA held their annual fundraiser on Friday, November 15th.
A thriving member of the program, Paris donated one of her works to be sold at the event – a chair decorated to the theme of “Desserts.” This “delectable” piece of art (and practical usage) was one of several items on sale to help raise funds. For her generosity of time and talent, we salute Paris as she continues to make her mark in the world.
While most people celebrated the week of October 28 – November 1 as “Halloween Week”, here at Good Shepherd, we also promoted drug awareness through “Red Ribbon Week”.
Beginning on Monday, students proudly wore red ribbons which stated “I Believe in Me: Drug Free.” On Tuesday, each classroom received a pumpkin to decorate with the theme of “Say Boo to Drugs.” Wednesday was “Team Up Against Drugs” Day, on which, for $2, students and faculty could wear their favorite sports team jersey (with all proceeds going to CADA – the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse).
Students also signed pledges which stated, “I pledge to believe in me and stay drug free.”
The weeklong celebration culminated with a presentation by CADA representative, Sean O’Brien, who shared the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse with 3rd-5th graders on Friday.
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Our Halloween Fall Fest, appropriately called Boo on Baronne, took place on October 31st. Students enjoyed themselves playing various games, including Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss, Pumpkin Bowling, and Halloween Putt-Putt.
This event is our annual PTO fundraiser and is a fun time for all.
In addition to Boo on Baronne, to celebrate a successful first trimester, the entire school went Trick-or-Treating at nearby Homewood Suites and on a parade around the New Orleans CBD to show off their creative costumes!
After a tour of the 3rd and 4th grade classrooms, he led a roundtable discussion with school administrators, parents, and students in the library. His visit to Good Shepherd is one of a series he is making to schools around the country in support of families having a choice about where they send their kids to school.
At a press conference in the schoolyard, he commented:
“Make no mistake about it, these are at-risk kids who without the guidance of nurturing faculty and administration here at Good Shepherd would not have the opportunity of a successful future.”
Light, drizzly rain didn’t stop this crowd from standing – or, rather, walking – for a good cause. On Saturday, October 19th exuberant New Orleanians flooded the parking lot at New Orleans UNO Arena to trek the annual 5K route, in hopes to one day put an end to Breast (and other forms of) Cancer.
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk drew people from all over the metro area, including our very own Scott Osborn, Sean Alphonso, and GSS videographer, Morrow Schneider.
Mr. Osborn had this to say about the (mostly) wet experience: “It’s all for a good cause, and that’s all that matters.”
Though the walk was shortened due to closing of the Lakefront, many walkers still managed to break a sweat in the adjusted route.
All told, the Good Shepherd School raised over $300, thanks in large part to the students and faculty. To all who contributed, we say, “Thank you, and God bless!” Go, Pink Shamrocks, go!
On Friday night, October 25, 2013, two Good Shepherd School Alums squared off in a Catholic League High School football match-up. Rummel defeated Jesuit in overtime 24-21.
NOLA.com/Times-Picayune photographer Dinah Rogers caught a shot of the Jesuit Sophomore Jakirai Wiley #4 (GSS Class of ’11) trying to bring down Rummel senior tailback Ivan Phipps #6 (GSS Class of ’09).
Ivan, who graduated from GSS in 2009, had a stellar game with 29 carries for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns, leading his team to victory. He was by far the most dominant player on the field.
Afterwards the players met on the field to take photos and meet with their former GSS teachers, Matt DeBoer and Glenn Ferrand.
Congratulations to both players for a well played game!
For more information about the game, click here.
On Friday, October 11, 2013, GSS held its annual Grandparents’ Day celebration. Dozens of grandparents visited the school, attended Mass at Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church, and enjoyed a lunch reception with their grandchildren.
Tatum Robertson and Ciera Williams did the readings at Mass and Fontana Sanders and her grandmother brought up the gifts.
The grandparents were a great blessing for all of the GSS Family on this celebratory day.
On Wednesday, October 9, GSS welcomed award-winning children’s musician Paul Spring back for the second time in 2013. Mr. Spring, from Minnesota, stopped in New Orleans as part of his cross-country tour performing at schools and libraries for children and played a free concert for the GSS students.
His hit song “Mermaid” can be heard frequently on the lips of GSS students and staff members during down time.
Thank you, Mr. Spring, for generously sharing your gifts with us!
For more information about Paul Spring, visit his website.
Read about the 2013 Good Shepherd School Fall Gala in the Times Picayune and New Orleans Advocate. Photographers and writers from both local newspapers were on hand to document our successful event that raised funds for the school.