Academy of Our Lady recently held its annual week of service, sending students not just to do chores around the school but to help out in the community. Some of the projects included pulling weeds, picking up trash and clearing the walking trails of Jean Lafitte National Historic Park; installing flooring with Habitat for Humanity; sorting and packaging goods at Second Harvest Food Bank; and building a chicken coop for Sustain the Nine. Other sites visited included Wynhoven Health Care Center, ARC of Greater New Orleans and City Park.

Senior Gabrielle Lambourg volunteered with Sustain the Nine, an organization devoted to restoring New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward as a safe, environmentally healthy and economically vibrant community. Academy students worked to help feed lower-income families and painted a home. Lambourg was among the group building a chicken coop. “This experience has helped me appreciate what I have and that giving my time can make such a large impact,” she said.

Seniors Kayla Scholl and Sara LeBlanc volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, which is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that creates decent and affordable housing. “Hard work can be fun when you know it is for a good cause,” LeBlanc said.