Touching up Tremé

MBA Students Spend Spring Break on New Orleans Service Project

MBAA VP of Community Jenny Burns first went to New Orleans in 2006 to work with Habitat for Humanity and has always wanted to go back to do more for the rebuilding effort. She returned last week for spring break, bringing a dozen of her first-year MBA colleagues with her. The crew spent their week refurbishing McDonogh 42 Elementary Charter School in New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood, dispatched by Relief Spark.

With only one week to make a difference, the team focused on improvements that would immediately touch the kids—painting, landscaping, repairing basketball hoops, and enhancing a bare asphalt yard with a new play structure. It was the first trip to New Orleans for many of the students, who capped their full work days with Creole cuisine, music from the Rebirth Brass Band and a little Zydeco Rock n’ Bowl. “I love New Orleans and was really excited to return to share the city with my fellow students,” says Burns.

Upcoming community outreach efforts include the first annual Haas Community Day, a work day for all members of the Haas community and their families at Alameda Point Collaborative, and the kick-off of Haas for Students fundraising, a student-run initiative that supplements the salaries of first-year MBAs who choose summer internships in the nonprofit or public sectors.

Who makes you proud to be Berkeley-Haas? Tell us in the comments below or share your stories with vgilbert@haas.berkeley.edu.

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