Important Dates

  • September 12, 2017   2017-2018 Brown Foundation Service Learning Event
  • October 28, 2017        Make a Difference Day  
  • November 18, 2017    Family Volunteer Day    
  • January 15, 2018        MLK Day of Service       
  • February 28, 2018      Deadline:  Drafts of 2018-2019 Service Learngin Award application (4:00 p.m.)
  • March 1, 2018             Deadline:  Emmy Noether Scholarship application (12:00 noon)
  • March 11-13, 2018      29th Annual National
                                         Service Learning Conference
  • April 15-27, 2018        National Volunteer Week
  • April 16, 2018             Deadline:  2018-2019 Service Learning Award application (4:00 p.m.)
  • April 16, 2018             Deadline:  2018-2019 Theme and Logo Contest (4:00 p.m.)
  • April 20-22, 2018        Global Youth Service Days
  • April 21, 2018             Emmy Noether Award Ceremony and Event (Time 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
  • May 1, 2018                Deadline: 2017-2018 Expenditure Report
  • May 1, 2018                Deadline: 2017-2018 Principal Award Report
  • May 5, 2018                Join Hands Day               
  • September 11, 2018   9/11 Day of Service        
  • September 11, 2018   2018-2019 Brown Foundation Service Learning Event

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The Brown Foundation Service Learning Program sponsors an annual contest for students, grades K-11. See below for more details on participating!

Winner Spotlight

The 2017 - 2018 Theme and Logo Contest winner is Alexis Hornsby, a Senior at Mount Carmel Academy in Orleans Parish.

Past Themes and Winning Designs

Past Themes and winning designs: "Serving Others While Learning Ourselves," "A World of Learning through Service," "Fleur’ish with Service Learning," "Dive Into Service Learning," "Go for Service Learning," and "Shower the Community with Service Learning."

Guidelines and Artwork Sample for the Theme and Logo Contest

Who is eligible to enter?
The Brown Foundation Service Learning Program selects a new Theme and Logo each year, submitted by students in grades K-11. The design may be featured on: note cards, invitations to the annual Service Learning Event, cover of binders distributed to over 400 teachers, on t-shirts and tote bags.

Theme Guidelines
Students in grades K-11 may create their own word theme and draw a picture (logo) to accompany the words. The theme should represent what service learning means to its participant.

The Artwork Guidelines
1. All artwork is to be designed by our local, participating students.

2. The words, "The Brown Foundation" as well as "Service Learning" must be included in the artwork.

3. The artwork must have a border (can be part of a design or in color) with at least a half inch margin outside of the border.

4. The artwork must be on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper in "portrait" or "landscape" mode.

Art Materials
Please use art materials with vibrant, intense colors that produce a saturated composition. Pencil and light crayons do not reproduce well. The artwork will be photocopied and scanned.

Identification of the Artwork
Place name of student, grade, school, and teacher’s name on back of the entry.


Artwork Sample


Example Work

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The annual Service Learning Event held in September is sponsored by The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation. It is a service learning kick-off to the school year! Principals, teachers and students from schools receiving a service learning award are invited to attend the event. Treats, lunch and award checks are presented to approved schools. Service partner organizations such as the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, The National WWII Museum, YRNO (Youth Rebuilding New Orleans), LSU Coastal Roots, Fast Food Farm, The Woodlands Conservancy, Ronald McDonald House, STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading), The Nature Conservancy and others offer hands-on activities and educational service opportunities for youth.

All schools in the parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington may apply for service learning funds for the 2017-2018 school year. We encourage you to attend a service learning workshop or request a service learning binder. The application for the 2017-2018 school year will be online in the Forms section of this site and may be submitted October 3, 2016 - March 31, 2017. Please contact us for additional information.


Highlights from September 13, 2016 Service Learning Event

Cadet Major Cassandra Herlache led the Junior ROTC Corps of Cadets from Destrehan High School in opening the brief program with presentation of Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance. Santrell Perdue, a senior from Edna Karr High School sang the Star Spangled Banner.

The keynote speakers were Madison Smither and Ilaria Simeone, seniors at Ben Franklin High School. They co-founded From Student to Scientist as a way to help their fellow students find a topic they were passionate about for independent research projects.  Now, through service learning, they are using their knowledge and passion for science to offer workshops to teach younger students science facts with the end goal of helping them find their passion in the experiences.

Student winner of the Theme and Logo Contest, Tram Doan, a senior from Academy of Our Lady was recognized during the program. Rachael Royerre and Antonio Orihuela, eighth graders from St. Paul’s Episcopal School, served as emcees and announced the names of the teachers who were Early Bird Prize Winners for being the first to submit their service learning applications:

  • Gwen Johnson – Our Lady of Prompt Succor School

  • Lindi Senez, Jessica Janneck-Davis, and Zoe Glick – Chalmette High School

  • Charlotte Rizzo –St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School
  • Sharon Campbell – St. Benedict the Moor School
  • Rachael Schexnayder – St. James Parish Career and Technology Center
  • Cynthia Gabb – Chalmette High School
  • Kathleen Murphy – St. Anthony School
  • Donna Broussard and Jasper Vinnett – Hahnville High School
  • Robin Hartdegen, Kelly LeBourgeois, Erin Schellhaas – St. Ann School
  • Kelly Bates and Rob Adoue – St. Francis Xavier School
  • Thomas Peters – Fifth Ward Junior High School
  • Peggy LeBlanc – Harahan Elementary School
  • Cindy Sprague – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • Mary-Elaine Bernard – Mandeville Junior High School


    Erin Genrich from The Green Project, one of the more than 50 cause agencies that staffed a table at the Service Learning Event, has several students using the recycling trivia wheel.  Upon spinning the wheel students might be asked to explain a paint idiom like “he really painted himself into a corner” or invent a new paint name for a color on the wheel.  Attendees also learned that The Green Project collects unused paint and recycles it.


    Students in Mrs. Unger’s gifted English class advocate literacy by visiting local elementary and middle schools in St. Charles Parish. Each student chooses a topic to teach the class, using a poetry, non-fiction, and fiction book. Students create a lesson plan that includes a related activity and PowerPoint presentation. The books are given to the classes to encourage continued learning.  Here Hahnville High students [from left to right] Britney Hatfield, Antonia Mar, and Camryn Mikesell share their plan at the Service Learning Event.


    Kaeli Nichols from Audubon Nature Institute’s Wetland Express is showing Lafitte, a speckled kingsnake, to Abby Falcon, Logan Boutte, Addisyn Matthews, and Leah Johnson from Christian Brothers School – St. Anthony Campus.  While Lafitte is one of the native species located in Louisiana’s wetlands, Kaeli also shared lots of information on invasive species such as nutrias and how they positively and negatively impact the environment. 

    The students’ service learning plan includes becoming acquainted with two partners. Through a series of visits the second graders will develop friendships with the seniors at Vista Shores Assisted Living.  Together they will make blankets for the ill children at Ronald McDonald House.


    Team members from the Culinary Arts and Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration programs at the St. Charles Parish Satellite Center learn and practice the art of world class service and preparing fine dining fare. Industry professionals from the greater New Orleans area help the team members gain a strong foundation in these skills. The team members share their newfound talent and skills by serving the homeless population of Ozanam Inn.  Here two team members (left to right) Trey Johnson and Raegan Dupre talk with Shanda Smith from Ozanam Inn.


    Inspired by the scrapping efforts of students during World War II, Get in the Scrap! is a national service learning project about recycling and energy conservation for students in grades 4-8. Shelbie Johnson (middle) and Chrissy Gregg (right) from the National World War II Museum share with attendees how students have the power to affect positive change on the environment, much like students 70 years ago played a positive role on the Home Front in securing victory in WWII. Find out more and sign up at

    Belle Chasse High School students (left to right) Makaylyn Helms, Randi Ancar, and Stephanie Chelette showcased their service learning program "Our Heroes, Our Veterans" that honors local veterans.  The “Uncle Sams” encouraged participants to write a thank you letter to veterans.  Attendees could also play a WWII trivia game.

    (From left to right) Dr. James Guenther, Mr. Phil Denette, and Dr. Rebecca Sanchez shared information about Delgado’s iGEM project (1) and the “Summer STEM Challenges Program” (2) with the teachers and students.

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