By Veronica Barbarin
New Orleans, LA (July 22, 2010)- Several eastern New Orleans residents recently graduated from Parkway Partners’ Tree Troopers training. The training program, held last month in Joe Brown Park, is designed to educate neighborhood-based volunteers about the proper care for mature and newly planted trees. The volunteers learned about the benefits of trees and their physiology, insects and tree disease, urban soils, proper planting, green laws, pruning and general tree care.
Participants had to commit to 12 hours of classroom and field instruction, as well as 12 volunteer hours. Those residents from the East who completed the program are Brenda Bailey, Cathy Charbonnet, Dawn Hebert, Sheila Julien, Chris Ramee, Claude Reese, Lisa Stafford, and Theresa, John, Elijah, Indya Rose, and Yasmin Guillen.
Jean Fahr, Parkway Partners executive director, presented the graduates with hats, gloves, shovels and certificates. Members of this class join more than 60 Tree Trooper alumni who continue to actively participate in Parkway Partners’ ReLeaf New Orleans initiative. For several years Total Community Action had a Head Start Program at 4347 Reynes St. But the flooding of 2005 forced it out of that location. Now the Reynes Street buildings are being renovated. That’s great news for the Rosedale subdivision.
The nonprofit was founded in 1964 to ease social and economic conditions that perpetuate poverty. TCA offers early childhood development programs, job counseling and guidance, transportation for the elderly and disabled, commodity distribution, free tax preparation assistance, and programs for unwed parents, among other services.