New Orleans school briefs, Aug. 15-21, 2013

Students to receive health screenings

The Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection will hold free school immunizations and health screenings for Orleans Parish students. Also for students, basic school supplies will be given away.

The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Dryades YMCA, 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Door prizes and refreshments will be given.

There will be representatives from the Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection available to help those who are between the ages of 19 and 64 to determine if they qualify for free or low-cost health care. Call (888) 342-6207 for information.

Jazz Legends Concert set Sept. 5 at school

Warren Easton Charter High School will host a Jazz Legends Concert at 8 p.m. Sept. 5 to honor jazz great and Easton alumnus Pete Fountain. It will be at Warren Easton Charter High School Auditorium, 3019 Canal St. Warren Easton alumni Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Nicholas Payton will headline a concert honoring Fountain and benefitting the school.

All proceeds benefit Warren Easton’s Music Programs as well as scholarships for instrumental music students. Tickets are $50. VIP Tickets are $125 and include a patron party at 7 p.m., preferred seating for the concert, and refreshments.

For information, visit www.eventbrite.com/event/7581543601 or call (504) 324-7400.

42 inmates graduate Re-Entry Center

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office celebrated the 25th graduating class of its Re-Entry Center on Aug. 8. Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman presided over the graduation of 42 individuals from the Southeast Regional Re-Entry Center, a program first implemented at the OPSO in 2010.

The program is a 10-week course that teaches inmates the skills and tools necessary to succeed as hardworking members of the greater New Orleans community. Participants have undergone education, employment, substance abuse and anger management classes in addition to individual and group counseling sessions to aid in their successful re-entry.

Statistics show that OPSO re-entry participants who completed all graduation requirements in 2010 and 2011 and were released in the same calendar years had a 13.6 percent recidivism rate, compared with a 25.6 percent recidivism rate for offenders who did not participate in re-entry over the same time period.

To date, more than 1,000 individuals have successfully completed this program.