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Fighting Poverty with Passion

Je m’en vais! (I’m outa here!)

Today is my last day with STEM Library Lab and Tulane Center for Public Service as an AmeriCorps VISTA. It has been a time to see the challenge, find a solution and move on to the next challenge—no time to celebrate accomplishments. So I thought back over the year and realized there have indeed definitely been some capacity building accomplishments. These successes were achieved even with the mandates and constraints of COVID-19. Follow along with me as I reminisce. Photos are in my penultimate blog, if you are interested.

–          SLL on Wheels Delivery Service-our branded van to assure all Teachers have access to equipment

–          Educator Resource Center expanded to include a poster printer and laminator and Cricut

–          Equipment Lending Library expanded to > $180,000 of inventory to include robotics, drones, and 3-D printer

–          Teacher Free Store opened allowing Teachers to pick up supplies for their classrooms at no cost

GRANTS AWARDED to STEM Library Lab – FY 2019-2020

Most grants were written in partnership with Todd Wackerman, Director and some on my own. We requested grants totaling $405,700.  With awards of $95,500 we achieved a 23.5% success rate.  That far surpasses a suggested average of 10% success.

Brown FoundationOperations4/30/2020$50,000.00
Pro Bono PublicoInventory Purchase-Library10/23/2019$5,000.00
Entergy Charitable FoundationInventory Purchase-Library7/31/2019$5,000.00
Cox Communications SponsorshipsTeacher Co-hort Research Center9/1/2019$2,500.00
EPNOCurriculum Development9/6/2019$10,000.00
Vincent Memorial Legacy Fund (VML)-Trinity Episcopal ChurchTeacher Co-Hort Research Center9/25/2019$3,000.00
Selley Foundation of GNOFDelivery Service-initial van purchase, set-up10/15/2019$16,000.00
New Orleans Hash House HarriersCurriculum Development9/15/2019$4,000.00

My heartfelt thanks is extended to Nicole Reeder, Tulane CPS Senior Program Coordinator, Traditional VISTA Cohort. Nicole has always been there with support and help whenever needed.

Salut! (Bye!)

About Kathy

I am honored to have served as the STEM Library Lab (SLL) Operations and Fundraising Coordinator. I brought extensive training and workforce development experience to SLL with an MBA from Averett University in Danville VA and a BSE in Human Performance and Health Promotion from the University of New Orleans. I have a broad background in customer service experience in multiple industries - education, production, incoming call center and product fulfillment. I returned to New Orleans after 20 years in Virginia to accept the AmeriCorps VISTA position with Tulane Center for Public Service serving the STEM Library Lab. I am also a retired Paramedic having served the metropolitan New Orleans area as a practitioner and Operations Manager before moving to Virginia.

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