Sugarcane Academy by Michael Tisserand
How a New Orleans Teacher and His Storm-Struck Students Created a School to Remember (Harvest Original)

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Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, taking lives and livelihoods and displacing thousands. Because the hurricane struck at the beginning of the school year, the city’s children were among those most affected. Michael Tisserand, former editor of the alternative cultural newspaper Gambit Weekly, evacuated with his family to New Iberia, Louisiana. Then, rather than waiting to find out when—or if—schools in New Orleans would reopen, Tisserand and other parents persuaded one of his children’s teachers, Paul Reynaud, to start a school among the sugarcane fields.

So was born the Sugarcane Academy—as the children themselves named it—and so also began an experience none of Reynaud’s pupils will ever forget. This inspiring book shows how a dedicated teacher made the best out of the worst situation, and how the children of New Orleans, of all backgrounds and races, adjusted to Katrina’s consequences.

 

About Michael Tisserand

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MICHAEL TISSERAND is the author of The Kingdom of Zydeco, which won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for music writing. He served as editor of Gambit Weekly, the alternative newsweekly of New Orleans. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.
 
Published July 2, 2007 by Mariner Books. 184 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Now living in Illinois, 20-year New Orleans resident Tisserand recalls a community’s effort to make sure their kids got a decent education in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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