St. Bernard School Board holds annual Day of Reflection Breakfast at CHSSep 9th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: Community
On the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina last week, the Parish once again held a ceremony to reflect on an event that changed countless people’s lives.
During this Day of Reflection, titled “We’re all in this Together,” officials, students, and speakers honored those who lost their lives in the storm and reflected on the St. Bernard’s hard, but remarkable recovery efforts.
According to census information, the Parish has increased its population from just over 11,000, people following the storm, to the current number of just over 41,000 people. This shows significant growth, and proves that the people of St. Bernard have what it takes to rebuild not only their lives, but their Parish as well.
Also, coming back stronger than ever, is the Parish’s public school system.
Currently, there are well over 2,000 students enrolled in public schools in the parish, and both they and their teachers are being ranked among the highest in Louisiana.
“Our teachers have just been ranked number one in the state for academic effectiveness,” said Diana Dysart, St. Bernard School Board President. “Our students are also among the top 10 highest scoring districts when it comes to state test scores.”
“Having a sound, quality, public education system creates a good quality of life for our community,” said Doris Voitier, Superintendent. She also happily expressed that other school districts from Louisiana, as well as other states, are coming to St. Bernard to learn how to make their school systems as cohesive “It’s been eight years of blood, sweat and tears, but look at the results,” said Voitier. “We are stronger than ever before because we are the strongest we can be when we are in it together.”
Also impressed with the Parish’s progress was Times Picayune columnist, Sheila Stroup, who was keynote speaker at the event. She told the touching stories of people she had met post-K and thanked the community “for coming back and being so resolute” and credits the Parish, its residents, and the many volunteers that helped, with the major comeback story that is St. Bernard Parish. She then summed up the spirit of the Parish with a quote that she had seen in the St.Bernard Unified School’s 2005-2006 yearbook.
“Tough times never last, but tough people do,” said Stroup. “You all are proof of these words.”