Last year in April I had gotten the opportunity to go on a trip that changed my life. During my Easter break I volunteered my time to go to New Orleans. This was the first time I have ever been away from home for such a long period of time. I went on this trip with my school, Mother Cabrini High School in Upper Manhattan. We got there by airplane, this was also this first time I have ever been to New Orleans and by my experience it will not be my last. It was about 13 of us: ten students and three adults. When we arrived there, we were met by a deacon whom we called “Papa” or “Papa D.” Papa is an amazing person. He is the nicest and a sweetest person I ever met in my life. We stayed at the Cabrini High School there, in a room and slept on the floor with our sleeping bags. Each day we stayed there we did something new whether it was being helpful or just trying new things it was a new experience all together. When we arrived, it was late so we went to dinner to try the different New Orleans famous seafood and shared time getting to know our classmates more. The next day we went to the Cabrini School and met the girls there, they were nice as well. We helped them with their play by acting as the twelve apostles sitting at the table and breaking bread. The school and the girls enjoyed our performance and appreciated our help. We also spent the day with some of the girls and going to each of their classes. My friend that I made there name is Amy. I went to all of her classes and we had a lot in common I was fascinated about New Orleans and she was fascinated in New York, We both also liked cheerleading I was a cheerleader my freshman’s year in High school and she was going to be the captain so I gave her my cheerleading pin because this was something new for their school and I wanted her to be confident as she pursues her passion for this sport. After our visit with the school the next day Papa took us to a place to help feed the homeless. Since the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina the homeless rate increased drastically so many people were hungry and on the streets. I never would have thought, coming from New York, that I would ever feed a homeless person, but in New Orleans I learn not to be selfish and I was honored to help those people. They really appreciated us there, we even sang to them as they ate and they liked the entertainment provided for them. The next day Papa took us on the streets of New Orleans and showed us the famous super dome where thousands of peopled stayed to escape the Hurricane. We also walked too many of the famous New Orleans’ churches following the stations of the cross re-inacting each station. Our last task while in New Orleans was planting flowers for the children’s school so it would be ready for when they return for them to take planting classes.I learned many things in New Orleans. The ten of us classmates grew closer to each other with all of our life stories and with our good deeds in New Orleans. I left New Orleans a new person I became less selfish, more helpful and caring and leaving was devastating that we all cried and did not want to leave.
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