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To my Daughter on International Women’s Day

March 6, 2020
“An equal world is an enabled world. Individually we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.” -

Treat Yourself: 10 Tips for Holiday Stress

The signs of the holiday season are all around us. Sights, sounds, and loved ones bring joy and blessings to our lives. But the truth is, all those joyous things can get overwhelming, and fast! 
Financial pressures and personal demands can bring enormous anxiety or depression. For some, those feelings subside as our regular routines take hold, but for others, those feelings amplify to devastating intensities. 

Empty Desks, Missed Opportunities: Tackling Chronic School Absence

After a summer of fun, desks in classrooms across our region are once again filled with bright minds eager to learn. But what happens when some of those seats are empty too often? 

Chronic absence, defined as a student missing 10% or more of the school year, is a significant problem in Orleans Parish public schools. By the end of the of the 2017-18 school year, 26% of students were chronically absent