Staff members and their families gathered to celebrate, honor their coworkers, and share in some healthy competition just before our 2,200 scholars returned to school. Staff from across our network of 325 professionals participated in our annual Back to School party, which has become an important tradition at Crescent City Schools. It is an inspiring evening when new members of our team are able to mingle with veterans and begin to build the bonds that support our core values of Courage, Responsibility, Initiative, Teamwork, Excellence, and Enthusiasm. There was plenty of school spirit, with each school bringing its best and vying to win the now famous cheer competition. Board member Julius Kimbrough, Jr. had a tough job as the official judge of the cheer-off, but ultimately Habans was victorious this year.
Each year, the most anticipated part of the evening is when we honor staff members who are celebrating the start of their fifth year of service with Crescent City Schools. During the Ceremony,” MC’d by co-founders Kate Mehok and Julie Lause, individuals are called to the stage to receive their 5-year jacket and join coworkers who were honored in previous years. “Every year I look at the growing number of blue jackets and the dedicated, talented people who are wearing them, and I am so proud,” said Kate Mehok. There are now 91 team members who have 5-year jackets!
This year was particularly special as we honored Lesley Blouin from Akili, our first team member to celebrate her 10th year educating and inspiring scholars with Crescent City Schools. Lesley was a teacher at Akili before the school joined our network in 2012, and her dedication was rewarded with a $1,000 check and cheers from everyone.