March 19, 2012 5:41 AM
Photos by Paula Burch-Celentano
Green-shirted Tulane faculty and staff members, nearly 500 strong, boarded buses on a foggy morning on Friday (March 16) to head to New Orleans City Park for the Wave of Green service day. They fanned out across the park in teams to plant trees, do landscaping, push wheelbarrows of mulch, paint benches and lend a hand anywhere it was needed.
The volunteers were easy to spot in their T-shirts sprinkled with lime green fleur-de-lis and printed with the saying, “For the love of New Orleans.”
On the uptown campus, buses wait to take the volunteers to City Park for the annual service day, organized by the Tulane Center for Public Service.
Early-morning fog made for cooler temperatures at the start of the workday for the teams of Tulane employees, who represented departments from all university campuses.
Cleaning up the winter debris on a pathway are Mike Strecker, left, director of public relations, and Kathryn Hobgood Ray, right, assistant director of web communications.
King Logan, information systems specialist with the alumni affairs office, handles a rake at Storyland, which offers 25 outdoor storybook exhibits for kids to enjoy.
President Scott Cowen, left, and provost Michael Bernstein, center, make the rounds to talk with volunteers during their lunch break and share a lighthearted moment with Vincent Ilustre, right, executive director of the Center for Public Service.
Working atop a massive pile of mulch are Sadira Glendenning, left, of AmeriCorps VISTA, and Devon Ponoroff, right, senior program coordinator, both with the Center for Public Service.
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