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What Does The Future Hold? More Service! – Neal Dixit

About a month ago, I was discussing the new technology of self-driving cars with my VISTA supervisor over lunch. Although it will surely make millions of jobs unnecessary (e.g. taxi … Continue reading

June 22, 2015

Opportunity Cost Is An Opportunity Lost

“Opportunity cost is an opportunity lost.” I’m sure everyone can remember this mantra from high school economics class. It’s a classic saying that reminds you to think of the hidden … Continue reading

May 13, 2015

Survey of New Orleans Elementary Schools

I recently surveyed 27 elementary schools at the New Orleans School Expo in the Superdome on behalf of a literacy working group. One of the primary purposes of the survey … Continue reading

March 16, 2015

A day in the life of VISTA Neal

8:55am: I arrived at Plessy, walked in the office to greet the secretary and principal and then made my way to the library which has become my new office. 9:00am: … Continue reading

January 29, 2015

Are AmeriCorps programs valuable to society? Data suggests yes.

Ever wonder if the AmeriCorps VISTA program (or anotherAmeriCorps program) is beneficial to society? Well, I certainly have and for my blog this month I decided to take a look … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Retaining, Sustaining and No Complaining!

It’s been a quiet month for me at Plessy. The programs that I’ve set in place have still been running strong so I spent time laying the groundwork for improvements … Continue reading

December 2, 2014

Plessy here, there and everywhere.

October is an important month for charter schools; the OneApp opens in November and the first round of families will be choosing a school for their children. Hence, it’s important … Continue reading

October 28, 2014

Education until Saturation

Greetings from Plessy! When you guys last heard from me we here at Homer A. Plessy Community School were preparing for the first day of school. I have good news; … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Back to (Elementary) School

Hello all, My name is Neal Dixit and I am a 5-week-old AmeriCorps VISTA member working at Homer A. Plessy Community School in the 7th ward. If the name Plessy sounds familiar, you’re correct in … Continue reading

August 24, 2014



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