Intuit pledgesto build playground

Intuit Inc., maker of financial management software such as Quicken and TurboTax, has pledged to build a new playground at Hynes Charter School in Lakeview.

More than 100 volunteers from Intuit, Hynes and landscaping firm St. Paul’s Homecoming Center and Vista, recently spent a day planting $20,000 worth of trees, shrubs and flowers on the once-bare grounds of the newpublic school.

Intuit brought about 100 of its top salespeople and their guests to New Orleans for five days to recognize their outstanding work. During their stay, the team spent a day at the volunteer effort, which began with a bus tour of the Katrina-affected areas in close proximity to the school. In all, Intuit employees contributed about 700 hours of labor to the project.

During the work day, Intuit CEO Brad Smith made a surprise announcement, pledging to build a playground at Hynes estimated to cost up to $50,000.

“With success comes the opportunity to help others,” Smith said. “But what really touched us about Hynes Elementary was the principal. She single-handedly created a volunteer network and recruited people and got this thing built from scratch — back up to what I consider to be one of the leading schools that I’ve ever been in.”

“For seven years she sacrificed her own time and her family time to give these kids a school. And when we heard this story, we said there’s no one we’d rather help than her.”

The original Hynes campus was destroyed by floodwater when the levees failed following Hurricane Katrina. After six years in a temporary location, Hynes moved into its new Lakeview campus in January 2012, but the building on Harrison Avenue lacked landscaping or playground equipment.

“We are so honored and humbled by the generosity of Intuit and its employees,” said Principal Michelle Douglas. “It has been a long haul since Hurricane Katrina, and it is so wonderful to be blessed with this donation. To volunteer to landscape our yard was an amazing gift in itself, and now to have the means to build a new playground for our children is a dream come true.”

Warren Easton sets open house Thursday

Warren Easton Charter High School, 3010 Canal St., a “National Blue Ribbon” school and the oldest public high school in Louisiana, is hosting an open house for parents and prospective students for the 2013-14 academic year Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, please call the school at (504) 324-7400 or visit eastoncharter

Professor: Develop good study skills

Medard Nelson Charter School students recently received first-hand testimonials from native New Orleanians who attribute their successful careers to the power of education.

Dr. Maxille Moultrie, professor at Minnesota State and native of New Orleans, spoke to Nelson students about the power of education. He believes that kids should begin thinking about college and careers in middle school.

Chris Lee is a chemical engineer for Halliburton oil company in Houston. Lee earned a GED in New Orleans and later went on to receive a bachelor of arts in engineering. He discussed the importance of developing study skills and applying mathematics to real life.

Students at the school also took part in a flag football tournament at the Saints practice facility.

Andrew Wilson seeks alumni for group

Andrew Wilson Charter school is inviting former students, staff and teachers to reconnect by joining its alumni association. The school has been educating children at its campus at 3617 Gen. Pershing St. since 1922. Membership is free, and alumni will receive news of events and reunions, as well as general news about the school and its programs. The school also will be holding periodic tours for alumni interested in seeing the beautifully renovated campus that merges the historic building with state-of-the-art design and classrooms. To sign up, email your contact information — phone, address, email — to, call (504) 373-6274 or go to for more information.

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The Cabrini Crescent swim team finished fourth in the recent LHSA

A swim meet with two swimmers earning All-State honors.

Shelby Vasquez placed in the 100 Freestyle and Megan Kleefish placed in the 500 Freestyle. Leslie Stentz made it to finals in both the 100- and 50-yard freestyle and Morgan Burns made it to the consolation heat in the 500 freestyle.

Alyse Downey made it to consolation heat and Sydney Steib made it to the finals in the hundred breaststroke.

Cabrini plans “A Night of Green and Gold” Feb. 13 at the Cabrini Gym.

Tickets are $40 until Dec. 31. Patron-level tickets are also available.

For more information, contact Carol Martin, Director of Special Events, at the school.Send school news to Annette Sisco,