More than 200 University of New Orleans students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and parents took part in a beautification project at Einstein Charter Middle School in New Orleans East as part of the Citywide Day of Service on Aug. 29, 2015, the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Members of the UNO community participated in a number of activities including: building a teaching garden from scratch—complete with flower boxes and picnic tables—planting flowers, landscaping, painting and striping the parking lot. More than 1,000 total volunteers descended upon Einstein Charter, which occupies the former Sarah T. Reed High School facility on Michoud Boulevard,
"This was an amazing example of the power of the University of New Orleans community," said Shelley Elliott, an adjunct faculty member in the College of Business Administration, who spearheaded UNO's role in the project. "There was so much blue and silver out there, it looked like a UNO pep rally. I am so proud of all the Privateers who made such an impact on this school and the students that go here. It's a great reminder of the kind of influence the UNO community can have when it works together to help our city."
The Privateer athletic department, in particular, played a starring role in the project. With the exception of the women's indoor volleyball team—which was out of town for a match—every single UNO team was represented at Einstein Charter.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City of New Orleans celebrated the collective impact of all the volunteer support the city has received over the past decade by supporting volunteer activities from August 22 to August 29, 2015 and meeting a goal of engaging more than 10,000 volunteers over seven days. The Citywide Day of Service, one of the most unique and comprehensive service projects in the country, engaged thousands of volunteers and focused service on seven specific regions of the city. Volunteers supported more than 100 individual projects.