Service-Learning with Community Works

NEW ORLEANS, LA- On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, students from Community Works of Louisiana’s 21st Century Community Learning Center AfterSchool program presented an art display made from recycled Mardi Gras beads along with a plethora of beads, collected since the Mardi Gras season, to Arc of Greater New Orleans.

The beads were collected for Community Works’ Recycle Krewe Project which was made possible through a State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant. Community Works’ afterschool programs located at the International School of Louisiana, ARISE Academy, and Habans Elementary participated in the Recycle Krewe Project.

“Recycle Krewe allowed our youth to learn about reusing and recycling in a creative way,” said Todd Shaffer, Site- Coordinator at the International School of Louisiana. “Presenting this display to Arc and having the students see the impact of their work is crucial to Community Works’ programming and service-learning initiatives.”

Community Works strives to bring extended learning opportunities to youth throughout the New Orleans area. Specializing in offering afterschool and summer programs, Community Works, focuses on offering its youth access to multiple creative disciplines while still focusing on English/Language Arts and Math skills.


Arc of Greater New Orleans is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization serving people with intellectual disabilities and delays from birth through adulthood in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes.  Arc is committed to securing for all people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to develop, function and live to their fullest potential.