Lori Mould's everyday life!

GCC Alternative Spring Break 2011 March 21, 2011

Well, we are back in Batavia after a great week in NOLA!! This week’s experience was very fulfilling because not only did we help Ms. Lynette move a few steps closer to completion we also presented the documentary to Ms. Raymonda’s and Ms. Mel’s classrooms at Delgado Community College in New Orleans! Both classes asked some great questions and also shared some of their own personal experiences about what they had gone through because of the storm! I honestly think that we helped bring forth some information about the wetlands loss that the students were not aware of.  Because of these classroom encounters, we were able to provide information to a couple of students that may help them start the recovery process for their homes and their families! There is something very satisfying about reaching out and encouraging people in any way that is humanly possible.

I believe that during this past week some of our GCC students were able to experience personal growth and a better understanding of what has been happening in the New Orleans and Southern Louisiana areas. I know for some it was their first time being that far from home which is an educational experience in itself.

I would like to take the time to thank Ms. Kim, Ms. Raymonda, Ms. Mel, all of the students, faculty, staff, and administration at Delgado Community College City Campus, Capt. Wendy, Diane Huhn, Darryl and the staff at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, Pete Nunually, and the many others that helped direct and guide us in this journey!! Without people like you, we would not be able to continue to reach out and help!!

I also want to thank our students at GCC that gave of themselves for this past week to help others!! I continue to be inspired and encouraged for our future when I am in the company of students like the group!!! You guys ROCK!!!

To the faculty, staff, and administration at GCC, well what can I say…all of you make dreams come true, encourage, inspire, and provide an avenue and direction that can truly change a person’s life!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do!!!

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GCC Alternative Spring Break 2011 March 16, 2011

Wow…it seems like forever since my last post but I can assure you that we have been busy! We made great time coming to NOLA and got here on Saturday with enough time to head down to the French Quarter to partake in a carriage ride, Cafe Du Monde, and a stroll down Bourbon Street.

Sunday was went to the French Market for some shopping, Snowballs (Yummy!!), lunch at Margaritaville (gator, conch, and fried green tomatoes) was amazing…The weather has been delightful since we came into town!!

Monday was a great day of working on Ms. Lynette’s home, a trip to Frenchmen Street.  We went to Snug Harbor to enjoy the music of Charmaine Neville and Friends Band and then some dancing at La Maison!! What a fabulous day with the proper mix of work and experiencing the culture of this beautiful city!!

Tuesday was spend enjoying the great company of Ms. Lynette and friends, working outside while enjoying the sunshine, being treated to some good ole red beans and rice….man, life is good!!

Today we went to Delgado Community College City Campus to talk with the students in Ms. Raymonda Dennis’ class regarding what it means and has meant to us to come down to Louisiana and New Orleans to experience service learning first hand. Not to mention, what it brought to our lives immersing ourselves into the culture, experiencing the people, and eating some wonderful food. We showed the documentary “Resilient and Everchanging: Louisiana’s Struggle to Rebound!”  The students were very interactive and made lots of great points and offered some very wonderful information about people that we can talk to so that I can glean some stories and information from them about the issues facing this region right now!! Tonight we are having a gathering to show the documentary and share a meal with some more of the wonderful people that I have had the privilege  if getting to know!!

I will keep you posted!!!

 

 

GCC Alternative Spring Break Prep…. March 11, 2011

So the rental company will be here in 15 minutes…and then we will be heading out in less than two hours!!!  I think we are getting out of here just before the snow heads in!!! YAY!!  The weather is great in Louisiana and how nice it will be to bask in the warmth of such a great place with some amazing people!!

We are heading into an adventure called “The GCC  Real World goes to NOLA!!!!”  Oh yes, all of us in one van on a almost 3500 miles round trip action-packed adventure!! I am thinking we will know each other pretty darn well by the time we get back to Batavia!!

Stay tuned more later….gotta go get the van!!!!!!

 

GCC Alternative Spring Break Contd March 10, 2011

Gearing up for our departure tomorrow evening…you can get a feel for the level of excitement from those that were able to attend the meeting last night! I think we all would have loved to get into the van and head out last night!! We joked that loading all of us into a van…most of us have never met…for a 20+ hour trip is like the “GCC Real World goes to NOLA!!” What better way to get to know a group of people, right?? lol

We will all have our Green on for the parade on Sunday! I know that I am super excited about attending my first New Orleans favor parade…those on the parade route will have no doubts that I am a tourist because I will have my camera and video camera ready to take in very last minute. For some, those memories will be the one and only time they get the chance to relish in that experience so why not just capture that moment in time?

One more sleep and we will be heading to one of the most interesting places I have been…however, I am not sure that I will be able to sleep because I am wayyyyyyyyyyy too excited!!!

Stay tuned…..

 

GCC Alternative Spring Break 2 preparation continues March 9, 2011

So….three more sleeps and we will be arriving in NOLA!!  We have a meeting with our students this afternoon and I know that the excitement is growing for everyone that is going!!

I finished my ‘To Do List” last night and with that being said we are T minus 2 1/2 days until we leave!!

This trip will be including some educational features such as: showing the documentary at Delgado Community College to administrators, faculty, and students.  We will be attending Ms. Raymonda’s and Ms. Mel’s classes to give an overview of what we do when we come to this great city, what it has meant to us, and how it has changed us as people.  We will be meeting with the folks at Levees.org to further educate ourselves on what truly happened in New Orleans and the potential for this to happen in any town, community, or city that is “protected” by the levee systems across the US!! And we will be heading down to Southern Louisiana to explore the bayous, marshlands, and wetlands so that we can have something tangible to see as we learn about our disappearing wetlands and what we can do to help with this situation!!

All in all, my hope is that the students that come down will leave with a better understanding of what is really happening in Louisiana and New Orleans (and that it is NOT just a Louisiana issue), a love for the people and the culture, and a new found love for the idea of “Giving a hand up and not a hand out!”

Service Learning has provided me with a sense that I have come full circle in my life…there is such a sense of accomplishment that comes from helping those of us that need a “hand up”…if you let it…it can and will change your life!!!

Stay tuned……..

 

 

GCC Alternative Spring Break 2 March 8, 2011

Well, we are gearing up for the Second Annual GCC Alternative Spring Break!!  We will be leaving in three days and everyone is excited about heading back to Nawlins to help out the awesome people in that great city!

One of the exciting facts about this trip is that the students are all getting the benefit of a scholarship because of the monies raised from the Batavia-Bayou Cross Cultural Connection!! Each student will only to have to pay $150 each to go to NOLA for Spring Break!!! Yes, you read that right! What an amazing opportunity to go to NOLA for a week of service learning, experiencing the people, culture, food, and a life changing experience.

We will be working with Lynette Boutte again this Break in hopes to move her a few steps closer to completion so that she will be able to enjoy her life totally back in her home.  It is hard for me to even begin to understand what it would feel like to be forced from your home because of flooding that spawned from the levee breaks…but then to still be not be home after more than 5 years…well that should not be happening in this country of ours!!!

As the week goes on I will be filling you in on some of the details about what we are doing and bringing to light some of the facts that are still plaguing this area more than five years since Katrina made landfall, the seriousness of the wetlands loss in Southern Louisiana, and the continuing issues from the BP oil spill!!

Stay tuned…..

 

Batavia-Bayou Cross Cultural Connection February 19, 2011

A special thanks to everyone that came out last night1 We had a great time of fellowship, food, education, and of course dancing to the amazing #New Orleans Funk of #Mumbo Gumbo!!
There are still tickets left for today’s festivities at the #Genesee Community College Box Office! The hours are from 7:30am until noon and I will have tickets available for those that want to come later for the Zydeco dance lessons, dinner, and the great music of #Mumbo Gumbo and #LeeRon Zydeco and the Hot Tamales!!
Hope to see y’all there!!
Thank you to ALL of our sponsors and those that donated gifts for our Silent Auction!! We could NOT be doing this event without your support!!!!!!