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Belaire High School Resource Fair

November 16, 2012

By Laura Boles, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Belaire High School

What is the City Year team at Belaire High School thankful for?

The list is pretty long, but I would say the creation of basketball and jambalaya are at the top, in addition to people like DJ Will and organizations like BREC (for our non-Baton Rougian readers: the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge).

That’s a pretty random collection of things to be thankful for, but each played a role in making the second annual “Shooting for the Stars” Belaire High School Resource Fair and Basketball Tournament a huge success.

Our team invited Belaire students, their families, and members of the East Baton Rouge community to join us at Belaire High School this past Saturday so that we could share information with them about various resources, from Habitat for Humanity Family Services to the Mobile Library Unit. Representatives from various organisations offered materials and activities to inform attendees about potential sources of help and information. We also set up a face-painting table and photo booth, which guests and Belaire team members alike took advantage of!

In addition to the Resource Fair, Belaire hosted an inter-grade basketball tournament. In the final game, City Year Corps Members joined forces with Belaire faculty members and members of the eleventh grade against the Sophomore team—but once again, the tenth grade team was unstoppable!


In true Louisiana fashion, we also had an impressive spread at lunchtime, including jambalaya from the Jambalaya Shoppe, pizza from both Domino’s and Papa John’s, and sandwiches from Jimmy John’s—as well as some delicious desserts donated by Corps Members on the Belaire team (the most talked about treat? Team Leader Jo Reddick’s cupcakes, which were decorated as basketballs).

Farryl Wilburn, Ashleigh Brown, and Heather Walls—Belaire’s Event Coordinators—worked together tirelessly to organize the event, contacting resources and coordinating the various elements of the fair into an organized schedule. Tobie Irvine, Ebony Hampton, and Jullian Sims, our fearless In-Kinding team, secured donations from a variety of companies, enabling us to send our guests home with happy stomachs indeed!

We were also very lucky to have many Corps Members from other schools volunteer their Saturdays to help out at the event. Their support ensured that the Resource Fair ran smoothly—and that the sophomore team had some decent competition!

The Belaire team is pumped with how successful “Shooting for the Stars: Part 2” turned out to be, and we hope that future teams continue to expand the Resource Fair and Basketball Tournament—to shoot past the stars, perhaps?


Our wonderful resources and donors:

Anger Management

Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention


Capital Area Human Services District

Capital Area Technical School

Capital Area United Way

Catholic Charities

City Year

Communities in Schools

Dental Exams

Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge

Fire Department

HAART Housing

Habitat for Humanity Family Services


LA Care

Louisiana Health and Rehab Center

Marine Corps Recruiter

Metro Health

Mobile Library Unit

One Stop

Planned Parenthood

Southern University Upward Bound

St. Vincent de Paul


Women’s Hospital

Youth Oasis


All Star Lanes

Coffee Call


Fresh Market

Jambalaya Shoppe

Jason’s Deli

Jimmy John’s

Krispy Kreme

Papa John’s



Winn Dixie

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