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 (5:00 p.m.)
  • 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 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 2018-2019 school year. We are also encouraging schools from southern Mississippi to apply this school year. If you are interested in our program,  please attend a service learning workshop or request a service learning binder. We have a new application for the 2018-2019 school year which is online in the Forms section of this site. Please contact us for additional information.


Highlights from September 12, 2017 Service Learning Event

Cadet Major Skylar Fabre and Mason Morris 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. Jayden Heller, a junior from Belle Chase High School sang the Star Spangled Banner.

Below: Our President, E.F. Hunter III speaking at the Annual Service Learning Event, held at the Ponchartrain Center.


Below: Hailey Rowbatham, the winner of the 2017 Emmy Noether Award, spoke to attendees about the importance of STEM in her school life. She is a senior at St. Scholastica Academy and is a member of the Emmy Noether Scholars. Hailey also promoted the 2018 Emmy Noether Scholarship to all junior and senior females who want to go into STEM related fields.

Above: Student winner of the Theme and Logo Contest, Alexis Hornsby a senior at Mount Carmel Academy, was recognized during the program.

Below: We also announced the names of the teachers who were Early Bird Prize Winners for being the first to submit their service learning applications:

  • KIPP Leadership Primary – Seymone Killins    
  • St. Tammany Fifth Ward Junior High School- Tommy Peters
  • Rose Land Montessori School- Kay Saragusa and Jennifer Harrelson
  • Madisonville Junior High School- Stephen Cefalu
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School- Charlotte Rizzo
  • St. Francis Xavier- Kelly Bates and Rob Adoue
  • St. Benedict the Moor School- Sharon Campbell 
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School- Karen Lade
  • Chalmette High School- Lindi Senez, Jessica Janneck
  • Our Lady of Prompt Succor-Gwen Johnson
  • Below: Vivienne Lapeyre, Annie Lagarde, and Claire Beary talk to the attendees about their 2016-2017 partnership with Grace at Green Light.

    Above: Barry Guillot, a teacher at Harry Hurst Middle School and founder of the Wetland Watchers, gives a presentation on the impact Service Learning has had on his teaching career. Barry will be presenting at the 2018 NYLC Service Learning Conference in St. Paul, MN.


    Above: Erin Genrich from The Green Project, one of the more than 50 cause agencies that staffed a table at the Service Learning Event, doing an activity with paint brushes a student. Attendees also learned that The Green Project collects unused paint and recycles it.

    Below: Kaeli Nichols from Audubon Nature Institute’s Wetland Express is showing a turtle shell to students. Kaeli shared lots of information on invasive species such as nutrias and how they positively and negatively impact the environment. 


    Below: Dr. James Guenther shared information about Delgado’s iGEM project and the “Summer STEM Challenges Program” with the teachers and students.


    Above: Students from the club “From Student to Science”, show students how to make a keyboard out of bananas! “From Student to Science” is an after school program run by high school students from elementary school students.

    Below: Ms. Rachel Kass and her students from Ursuline Academy displaying their service learning project with PACE elderly center. Students use a 3D printer to make images and keep sakes for their visits to PACE.


    Above: A volunteer firefighter teaches students from St. Benedict the Moor about fire safety in the “smoke house”.


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