This past Saturday John Dibert Community School at Phyllis Wheatley held the Welcome to Wheatley Open House event. The event, which featured a second line led by New Creations Brass Band, food trucks and information tables about our community partners, was a big success.
To get things started strong and to put everyone in the New Orleans spirit, New Creations Brass band led a second line around the block of Wheatley. Along withgreat music, theWheatley dance team showed off their impressive skills while accompanying the second line around the block. After finishing the route, everyone went inside to learn more about our different community partners and take student-led schools tours. Some our partners included Youth Run NOLA,NewCity, Boys Town, Prime Time Reading, City Year, Whole Foods, Willie Mae’s Scotch House, Amerigroup, Sojourner Truth Community Center, and of course, The Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, a signature program of FirstLine Schools.
The event also featured great local food from different area food trucks, including Pinkberry, Grill it Out, and Danielle’s Snowballs. All the attendees got a ticket so they could sample some of the local food, free of charge.
To wrap up the great day, everyone gathered in the gym for a raffle drawing and a message from our CEO, Jay Altman. After the drawing everyone was surprised, and delighted, with a special performance of “Wonderful World” by some of our very own Wheatley first graders.
We at FirstLine could not be more pleased with the event. We would like to give a shout-out to all the great students, community partners and families that came out to the event. We would also like to give a shout-out to everyone who volunteered and gave donations to help make this event happen. Lastly, we would like to give a HUGE shout-out to the amazing staff at Wheatley for making this event possible and our Director of Communication and Community Partnerships, Dominique Harris, for bringing it all together.
For more information about upcoming events at Wheatley or any of our FirstLine schools, visit our website www.firstlineschools.org and follow us on twitter @firstlineNOLA