October 6th, 2017

2016 Katrina Recovery Team

Learn more about the Office of Civic Engagement at Bucknell University and the Katrina Recovery Team. Contact the Office of Civic Engagement: 119 Bertrand Library 570.577.3973 civic-engagement@bucknell.edu Facebook

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October 6th, 2017

KRT Mini-Curriculum Sessions

November 11, 2016 During the weeks leading up to our delegation, KRT meets so that we can have a better understanding of factors that contributed to the initial disaster, the current conditions in New Orleans, and the kind of work our group will undertake. Here are a few links to some of the materials we have looked at to gain a better understanding of Katrina and New Orleans before we arrive: Kyle Bray sharing his experience of New Orleans, Slidell, and Hurricane Katrina with participants The Storm – PBS video:  60-minute documentary on Hurricane Katrina and the controversy over the government’s response, especially […]

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October 6th, 2017

Day 1 by Anushikha

November 20, 2016 ​ Day 1 in New Orleans was a treat to all my senses. It was a cool breeze under a light sun, as we left camp hope at 8:45 a.m. to head to the visitation center. We were taking the day to explore the cultural hub that is New Orleans. Founded in 1718, New Orleans has served as a vital port for France, Spain and the U.S. Situated next to the Mississippi river, New Orleans has an architecture and culture that tells the raw story of a city that has been through a lot. From slavery and […]

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October 6th, 2017

Day 1 by Win

November 20, 2016 New Orleans is such an amazing city. The culture here is just phenomenal. From the street performances to the cuisine, New Orleans just took my breath away. From street magic shows to artists, from jazz bands to hip hop music and dance, from Indian (the South Asian country) festivals to the Mardi Gras, New Orleans is truly a cultural hotspot. You name it, New Orleans has it. It is where all roads convene; roads as in all the cultures from across the world such as French, Indian, Native American, African cultures to name a few. Do not […]

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October 6th, 2017

My First Day in NOLA

November 20, 2016 My first day exploring New Orleans was definitely an incredible experience- the city is just as vibrant and beautiful as I remember and I felt a sense of relief as I walked through the streets: it was like being home. I felt like I could wander the streets endlessly. There was a life in the people of New Orleans and a contagious energy that made today unforgettable. Everyone we spoke to was super friendly, willing to help us whether it was answering  general questions or giving us advice about the best food in a restaurant. One woman […]

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October 6th, 2017

Day 2 by Jemmy

November 21, 2016 Waking up at 6:45 am and not 9:00 am for the second day in a row felt a part of my routine already and it has only been the second day of this trip. Today was filled with different activities each with its own twist that contributed to the overall culture of New Orleans. First, we headed towards Mardi Gras World, which was absolutely incredible. It reminded me a lot of the Rose Bowl parade back home in Pasadena, California because of the grandeur, color, and creativity. I think my favorite portion of the tour of Mardi Gras World was trying the King […]

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October 6th, 2017

Day 2 by Kafi

November 21, 2016 Today brought an unexpected surprise. As we drove back from seeing a former Bucknellian, Brianna Cunningham, at Tulane, I looked out my window and was surprised to also see a friend from home, a student at Loyola University, on a porch playing with his band. I texted him, in which he responded with a call back. After exchanging a few words of amazement he asked me how I liked New Orleans, I took a deep breath and replied with “It’s a lot”. Somehow this place just never ceases to amaze me. In the two jammed packed days […]

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October 6th, 2017

Day 2 by Nayte

November 21, 2016 Today felt different. I was a lot more tired but a lot more ready to really experience everything. It was very quiet in the morning, but as the day went on, we gradually picked up speed. MY exact words at around 7:30 this morning was: “Today’s looking  to be good, albeit cold, so it’s yet another day is an awesome city. Let’s see where things go. By the way, the people who run this camp are awesome. Mary Ann is so nice!” As we drove through Arabi, I noticed that at one intersection, three homeless people stood […]

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October 6th, 2017

Day 3 by Anna O.

November 22, 2016 So far, my experience in New Orleans has been phenomenal. We were able to see the major parts of the city and take part in a few tourist activities. However, the volunteer work didn’t actually start until today. We woke up really early and left Camp Hope at 7:30am for orientation. At orientation, we were able to learn a little bit more about SBP, formerly known as Saint Bernard Project and one thing in particular that stood out to me was the idea of contractor fraud. I learned that many victims of Katrina who were trying to rebuild their […]

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October 6th, 2017

Day 3 by Ella Tazuana

November 22, 2016 Today was a beautiful and wonderful day. My group did our first day of service  today on Lamanche street. We met our AmeriCorps site supervisors Tanya and Morgan, who I absolutely adore already. It was a lot of fun painting and talking with my fellow peers. But for me, the highlight was at the end of our full day of exterior painting and gouting, when we decided to do the mannequin challenge that has been so popular these days. As Communications Assistant for KRT, I enjoyed participating in something that got everyone on my site involved. Check out […]

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