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Senior Journey: From NOLA's Garden District to Baton Rouge Youth Coalition

Dr. Cecily Burrill, Science Teacher
We spent the morning wandering Lafayette Cemetery, the Garden District, and Magazine Street, and the rain held off long enough for us to enjoy our lunch and early afternoon in Audubon Park, seeing a lot of birds especially the black-bellied whistling ducks (identified for us by an intrepid student ornithologist).
We had a great and relaxed Tuesday in Louisiana. The day started with a leisurely 8:30 wake up and breakfast, followed by a wonderful morning intention from Masha & Michelle about rolling with events as they come with a positive attitude. We spent the morning wandering Lafayette Cemetery, the Garden District, and Magazine Street, and the rain held off long enough for us to enjoy our lunch and early afternoon in Audubon Park, seeing a lot of birds especially the black-bellied whistling ducks (identified for us by an intrepid student ornithologist).

Later in the afternoon we headed to Baton-Rouge for our evening with the Baton-Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC). We heard from their executive director, Lucas Spielfogel who spoke about the education, college prep, and social justice work they do and its connection to Jewish values like tikkun olam. Then our seniors had dinner and ice breaker games with their seniors. Many students from both groups commented on how much they found in common, from musical preferences to shared anxiety over college admissions. We also got to experience a genuine Southern thunder storm before heading back to New Orleans for the night.

Looking forward to tomorrow, including oral histories, the Barataria preserve, and evening concert!
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