There have been a bevy of heartening stories recently about college and post-graduate students who are visiting New Orleans and helping to rebuild this great city. Many have come to New Orleans; others are helping NOAHH and Habitats throughout the Gulf region.
The story of Brenna Wade, a student at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, is recounted in yesterday's Suffolk (Va.) News-Herald. Here is an excerpt from the article says about Brenna's trip to the Crescent City:
Wade said the experience will stay with her forever. She’ll never forget the sight of people watching all they had -- family photos, wedding dresses -- get thrown on a soggy pile on the street corner. The fact that many of the people they encountered were still friendly, still hopeful, still projecting a positive attitude, moved Wade.
“It’s very humbling,” she said.
The whole experience has made her want to help people even more, she said. Wade is considering joining a trip during spring break involving Habitat for Humanity. She also wants to spread the message about the circumstances of New Orleans. More people need to look past stereotypes; money helps, but action is the best thing to demonstrate comradeship with the victims, she said.
Meanwhile, the Yale Daily News reports that 23 law students are spending their "intersession break" volunteering with HFH in Slidell and Biloxi, Miss. These students are getting to see first-hand the devastation that remains after Katrina, but also to experience the hope that Habitat represents.
We in New Orleans salute you, Brenna and Yalies -- ya'll come back now, ya' hear!