Contributed by Jason Bruno, Degree Department Chair
On June 28, 2012, the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at Remington College – Lafayette Campus held a city-wide po’ boy sandwich sale to benefit victims of the flood that occurred in Lafayette Parish and other surrounding parishes on March 12, 2012.
The flood affected multiple parishes in the Acadiana area.
The area is not in a flood zone, so many of the residents did not have flood insurance.
Many elderly people did not have inhabitable homes to go to and had to be displaced.
Some students and family members of Remington College employees in Lafayette were also affected. Unfortunately, multiple families in the area still have mold and flood damage.
The Lafayette Campus’s NTHS, led by vice president and July 2012 Computer and Network Administration (CNA) graduate Rachel Cormier, coordinated the entire benefit event.
After the flood, Rachel aligned NTHS with the Acadiana Long-Term Flood Coalition of 2012. The Coalition is an effort among various agencies supported by the United Way to help victims of the flood.
Rachel’s colleagues, including NTHS members and CNA students Richard Kessel and Paul Lee, barbequed a total of 300 po’ boys on a mobile BBQ grill unit that was provided by Goodwill of Acadiana.
Members of Lafayette Campus’s American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) helped to assemble the po’ boys (a traditional Louisiana sandwich), along with chips and sodas. Then, all of the volunteers braved the summer heat to help distribute the food to hungry students and the general public.
The NTHS and ACJA organizations are donating the collected proceeds of $1,100 to a family in need in Lafayette Parish.