Not that I typically have a reliable concept of time, but this last month has really sped by. Hurricane Isaac and I didn’t want to meet, so I went up to northern Alabama to stay with my Uncle and his new puppy named Max. Or Dipstick. Or D.S. He was a riot. After my week up “north” was rightly ended when electricity came back on in my apartment in Nola, I eagerly jumped back into my car in order to return to my new-ish home and the work grind I initiated- with a required full force.
I don’t necessarily feel sane during the week anymore, as they are so busy! I’m a fast-paced person but the So-Cal culture I lived in for undergrad may have slowed me down a bit. However, I without a doubt feel productive and happy to be doing the work that I am immersed/drowning in. I’m picking up a rhythm that allows me to successfully manage all the tasks I can pick up on my 10-month left AmeriCorps journey.
A few projects were rolled out in the last week, a main one being Wellness Wednesdays at Clark. This is where instructors across New Orleans come to Clark to teach exercise classes to students and FirstLine employees. This is aimed at introducing Clark students to other forms of exercise and development, so we started off with a Hip Hop instructor and next week will be Boot Camp. Wellness Wednesdays have been positively received, which will help increase the number of participants over time.
After school programs and Homecoming have kind of been my jam for the last month. Silence is Violence, a non-profit that works with students over an 8-week period to promote creative expression in writing and speaking, also started up at Clark. It’s a wonderful program and is sure to build up a strong membership over time. This week I worked with the Assistant Principal of the 9-10 on getting students to participate in Tulane’s Upward Bound program to submit applications on Friday, just four days after we gave them to students that Monday. This was a very quick turnaround date that, overall, students did a fantastic job meeting.
For any of you who look back at high school without grimacing (or crying for non-nostalgic reasons) or even if you do, you may be excited to hear about our Homecoming plans at Clark! The Homecoming Game is Saturday, October 6th at 2:30 at Pan American Stadium, City Park. There will be an alumni tent selling awesome t-shirts (yup, I saw the design so I feel cool) and of course you can find great food and entertainment, our school band is pretty legit. They’re a hardworking, motivated team that is bound for success, and lots of wins. COME CHEER ON THE BULLDOGS!