University of Calgary

Trading Mardi Gras for shovels and hammers

Students travel to New Orleans to contribute to rebuilding efforts

Feb. 14, 2014

Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, rebuilding efforts are still ongoing in New Orleans. This year, 26 students from the University of Calgary will spend their Reading Week investigating the elements of healthy communities. Through site visits, volunteer work, and experiential learning opportunities with local organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, Our School at Blair Grocery, Grow Dat! youth farm, and Second Harvest Food Bank, students will explore connections between food (in)security, resiliency, race, and community development.

WHAT:  A ucalgarycares community service learning project in New Orleans    
       during Reading Week                                                  
WHEN:  The group is available for phone interviews from February 17-19 and  
       21 around 4:00 p.m. MST or on Thursday, February 20 from 6:00 p.m.   
       MST onwards.                                                         
       Participants are also available for interview before their flight on
       Sunday, February 16 or after returning on February 24, 2014.         
WHERE: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA                                          
WHO:   Sara Klimes, Manager, Centre for Community-Engaged Learning at the   
       University of Calgary                                                
       Alycia Lauzon, Coordinator, Centre for Community-Engaged Learning at
       the University of Calgary                                            
       Maria Landgraf, University of Calgary Student