Opened in 2001 as part of the vision of the late Fr. Harry Tompson, S.J., the Good Shepherd School provides an excellent education, paid for by benefactors, in a safe and nurturing environment to at-risk, under-served children in New Orleans. The effect of this exceptional academic opportunity is to empower these children by providing them with the tools to break away from the cycle of poverty into which they are born.
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On October 15, 2014, the Good Shepherd School participated in the First Annual Student Pledge Against Gun Violence Day, coordinated by United States Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. and the US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana.
The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence (the “Student Pledge”) is a non-political initiative held in conjunction with the National Day of Concern about Young People and Gun Violence. The initiative honors the role that young people, through their own decisions, can play in reducing gun violence. Supported by a unanimous U.S. Senate Resolution and a Presidential Proclamation, the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence began in 1996. It called for the observance of a National Day of Concern as well as national distribution of the Student Pledge.
By signing the Student Pledge, our students made the following three declarations:
1. I will never bring a gun to school;
2. I will never use a gun to settle a personal problem or dispute;
3. I will use my influence with my friends to keep them from using guns to settle disputes.
The day’s program included two speakers from the US Attorney’s Office, Marquest Meeks and David Haller; as well as a presentation from Officer Sheerese Harper, Quality of Life Officer for the NOPD’s 8th District. Students in grades 4th, 5th, and 6th submitted essays about the prevention of gun violence, and one winner was chosen from each class. Winners read their contributions as part of the program, and those essays are reproduced here. At the conclusion of the assembly program, the middle school classes led a Peace March through the Central Business District, carrying banners they had created and handing out copies of the pledge to passersby.
To read the powerful winning essays: Pledge Against Gun Violence Essay Contest Winners
Click here to see the 2014-15 Good Shepherd School Fact Sheet.