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Belaire’s Resource Fair: Shooting for the Stars

November 25, 2011

By Dominique Grant, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Belaire High School

On Saturday November 19, Belaire High School’s Diploma’s Now Team hosted an amazing resource fair titled “Shooting for the Stars.” With assistance from Capitol Middle, Belaire’s City Year team, CIS, and Talent Development, we were able to create an event that definitely made a huge impact on not only the school, but the East Baton Rouge Community.

Representative Ted James and Volunteer Louisiana’s Janet Pace were among the many community leaders, local Baton Rouge celebrities, families, Belaire high teachers and students, and corps members who came out to be a part of this name-making event. Not only was it a resource fair, there was also a battle of the classes inter-grade basketball game. Although all of the teams played with tenacity, in the end the sophomore class came away with the victory!!  Congratulations to all of the young men who participated!

Throughout Shooting with the Stars, the school’s band, dance team, cheerleaders, rap group of Breezy and Flame, and a ninth grade spoken word artist from the creative writing club, Writer’s Block, entertained the  crowd. DJ Will kept everyone dancing in the stands! During half-time, students who have excelled academically and students with perfect attendance were celebrated and presented with certificates by Ms. Verdie Baptiste of Talent Development.

Belaire team member Becca Valdivia was instrumental in contacting resources and celebrity guest. Simon Murray, Kira Kelley, and alex Cooke were in-kinding fanatics, obtaining donations from local movie theaters, Dominos pizza, Krispy Kreme, and Coca Cola. CY Bengal Brendan Csaposs recruited student volunteers through enthusiastic school announcements. Corps member Vida Pascual led the high school’s spirit team; a team of students who designed banners, decorations, and brought a contagious excitement to the event. Shoma Rao and Alex Pace were outstanding directors for the resource event. The duo ensured that the afternoon ran smoothly without any glitches. Cornell graduate and team member Aaron Randolph went above and beyond in his role as recruitment chair.There were more than 330 people in attendance in the school’s gymnasium. Dominique Grant, corps member, created phenomenal flyers and programs and acted as the photographer for the basketball game. The principal gave Belaire’s Diploma’s Now Team a seal of approval and was reportedly extremely pleased with how successful the event was.

Special thanks to all of the organizations that came out to the event! Some of which were:



Cinderalla Project

US Army


City Year

Communities in Schools

Talent Development

EBR Library

Planned Parenthood

HIV Testing

The Bengal family is now looking forward to MLK Day which will be even bigger!

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