Friday, December 21, 2012

Jason: NO Outreach Winter Showcase Showdown

New Orleans Outreach has been an integral part of FirstLine Schools for years. As the primary driver of our afterschool enrichment programs, Outreach has brought dance, sports, art, Karate, and some of the students’ favorite extracurriculars to our campuses.

This year, Outreach held an annual Winter Showcase at S.J. Green Charter and at Langston Hughes Academy.  Green held theirs first on December 14, setting the stage with paper snowflakes hung from the ceiling and Christmas lights strung about. Between all the dance demonstrations, it would be hard to say which was the favorite. However, the marching band was definitely a crowd-pleaser.

Other highlights at Green included the Karate club (watching the students play ‘Sensei Says’ was especially entertaining), a very relaxing yoga session on stage, and the baseball team’s warm-up demo. Meanwhile, the packed room enjoyed a variety of treats provided by The Edible Schooyard, including fresh tea and banana bread.

LHA Dance Performance
Langston Hughes Academy followed with an equally impressive show the next week. While their Hip-Hop Dance team’s version of “No Scrubs” was a favorite, Outreach at LHA also included some skits in their showcase. There were lessons on friendship and school life in theatrical format. At the finale, the LHA Marching Eagles wowed the audience with a full band, dance team, and baton twirlers.

After LHA’s Winter Showcase, they offered food and a book sale at their Family Food Night in the cafeteria. The two showcases highlight not only the wonderful programs our students at FirstLine are engaged in, but just how vital New Orleans Outreach has been to enriching the lives of our scholars.

Jason Lacoste is the AmeriCorps VISTA K-8 Outreach Coordinator for FirstLine Schools.

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