Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, Steve Sawyer, Vice President of Government and Public Relations, Cox Communications, Diane Dysart, School Board St. Bernard Parish Schools, Doris Voitier, School Superintendent, St. Bernard Parish Schools, and Dan Moloney, Executive VP and President, Motorola Home & Networks Mobility.
It’s all fun and gadgets at The Cable Show, except when it’s about something else entirely. Motorola and Cox New Orleans took time off from the conference on Tuesday morning to visit Chalmette High School in St. Bernard Parish. Motorola presented a check for $50,000 to the school, which was devastated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and, with Cox, will implement state-of-the-art video and broadband services for the opening of the school’s new campus in the fall of 2009.
I didn’t make it to the event, but I heard the students threw an old-fashioned pep rally and cheered their heads off. Only about half the student population has returned to Chalmette, but the ones who are there are proving remarkably resilient. In the week that followed the hurricane, students, faculty and administrators were trapped in the school for a full week. Water flooded up to eight feet of the first floor.
There was also a lot more going on to help New Orleans during the week of The Cable Show. CableCares activities included a book and video drive for school libraries, rebuilding of playgrounds and a major Battle of the Bands fundraiser. If you want to help, there are plenty of ways to donate to rebuilding efforts. You can also take a vacation trip to New Orleans and support the rebirth of tourism there. I can vouch for the fact that the French Quarter is up and running, even if other places are still works in progress. Go enjoy the weather, the courtyards and the inimitable atmosphere. Among other things, I highly recommend the Haunted History tours. (Thanks, Brent!) New Orleans is definitely worth a trip.