History and Community Service

On Wednesday March 15th a group of Shaw students traveled to the Pitot House located on Bayou St. John to help with preservation work.  When they arrived they were given a tour of the house and learned about its various occupants including James Pitot, the first American Mayor of New Orleans,  Edward Degas, a famous French painter, and Mother Cabrini, the first American saint.  After the tour they students got to work white washing the pieux fence with limewash.     The students got to learn about limewash and how when applied it chemically bonds with the wood to create the protective layers of white.  This was especially relevant to some of the students who are currently reading Tom Sawyer in their English class.  After the limewash was all used up the students walked down to Parkway Bakery and enjoyed a po-boy lunch.  This was a great cross curricular educational community service opportunity.

Here are some photographs from the day: