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“School House Rock” Stars

City Year Americorps raised funds to support students in need.

Karl Weber, Tyler King, Kyla Vick and Honoree Gary Solomon Sr.

Melissa Calico

Each year, City Year deploys 45 Americorps volunteers in FirstLine Schools to provide academic intervention to more than 800 students. The “School House Rock Gala” fundraises to provide essential academic support to these low-income children in New Orleans to promote their success in school.

Norma Jane Sabiston served as the Host Committee Chair. Honorary Event Co-Chairs were Mayor Mitch and First Lady Cheryl Landrieu. The School House Rock Star 2016 Honoree was Gary Solomon Sr.

Paper roses made of classic novels encouraged the academic motif inside Rosy’s Jazz Hall. The NOCCA Jazz Ensemble performed for the approximately 250 attendees.

City Year is an education-focused organization that partners with public schools in 27 communities across the United States. In order to keep students on track to graduate, City Year partners with school districts to place its corps members in schools with the most need, to provide students one-on-one support to overcome the challenges they face in and out of school. In addition to working with individual students who are at-risk of dropping out, City Year works to provide support to the whole school, including leading school-wide events, after school programming and in-class support for teachers.


What: “School House Rock Gala,” benefiting City Year New Orleans
When: Wednesday, April 20
Where: Rosy’s Jazz Hall


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