St. Mary’s Dominican High School’s Ecology & Stewardship Club partnered with the National Art Honor Society to express their creativity and support of the Green Light New Orleans water-saving and stormwater management program. Fruits of their labor were ten painted rain barrels with colorful artwork reflecting the New Orleans landscape, including aquatic life, farmers’ markets, rows of houses, and Mardi Gras. Green Light New Orleans is a local nonprofit organization that works on sustainable solutions for the community. One of the solutions to the problems of flooding and subsidence is getting local artists, students, and the community involved in painting rain barrels that are distributed to homes and businesses in the Greater New Orleans area.
“This project gave our members an opportunity to combine science and art while creating a product that is an important part of green infrastructure for our city,” said Joann Haydel, Dominican science teacher and moderator of the Ecology & Stewardship Club.
St. Mary’s Dominican High School students with finished rain barrels for the Green Light New Orleans program (from left): Grace Ohlmeyer, Stefani Baldini, Megan Eisert, Isabella Koenig, Katie Favalora, Jenna Thomas, Dylan Bernard, Allison Lefante, Kaylie Nguyen, Sophie Hazard, Rhea Bawa, Landyn Bush, Courtney Matthews, Bahkit Cuccia, Samantha Phillips, Madeline Pourciau, Ellen Daly, Claire Coffer, Brooke DiMaggio, Madelaine Brown, Angeline Tran, Nicolina Totorico, Lucy Pershall, Amena Zaini, Hannah Lamorte, and Claire Candies. NOT PICTURED: Violet Matherne, Mary Le, Kennedy Boutte, Milana Everson, Ramsey Aron, Isabella Paul, Priscilla Ross, Lizzie Daly, Eliza Christovich, Kaylee Caro, Cecilia Cifreo, and Sofia Bertucci.