Our StoryWe are a group of students, teachers, and parents of diverse backgrounds from across the toughest neighborhoods of Chicago. Originally, we started with two CPS schools: Thomas Kelly High School and Little Village Lawndale High School. Over five years, the project has evolved to include two additional schools: Percy Julian High School and Gage Park High School. Each year, we come together crossing the city's deep lines of segregation to rebuild New Orleans and improve our own communities in myriad ways.
What We Need & What You Get
Our biggest expense is transportation to, from, and within New Orleans. We will be traveling to New Orleans from Chicago on a 56-passenger coach bus and around New Orleans in two 12-passenger vans, which will cost our group about $11,000 for our week's worth of travels. Our group will be housed by the United Methodist Church on Carrollton St. in New Orleans for $10 per head per night, which for our group of 55 people for 6 nights will cost $3,300. For our sustenance, our students plan the menus and ingredients prior to our departure to New Orleans, and when we arrive, we do a couple gigantic grocery runs and cook our own meals, which costs our group about $4,000. Lastly, any miscellaneous expenses such as ticket costs for museums and shows in New Orleans and supplies for our work (work gloves, rags, goggles, masks, etc.) total up to about $1,000.