Parade caps St. Claude summer program

Students in the Community Works of Louisiana Summer Program at ARISE Academy paraded through the St. Claude neighborhood during a culminating celebration recently. The four-week summer program was a partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission.

The CWLA Summer Program at ARISE served more than 75 youths in kindergarten through eighth grade. The students’ mornings were filled with classroom instruction preparing them for the next school year, while afternoon activities focused on dance, visual art, theater and sports.

“The Community Works parade was an incredible experience for our students, families and neighbors — a truly spirited way to end our summer program,” said Laura Stein, site director. “The parade was a fantastic way to engage the kids and the local Ninth Ward community in our education programs.”

Students worked daily creating costumes and umbrellas and practicing dances for the second-line event. Music was performed both by student participants and The Abney Effect.