By CityBusiness staff report
2007-05-30 11:18 AM CST
NEW ORLEANS - Lusher Charter School will dedicate its newly restored
gym, renamed Atlantic Bridge Community Resource Center, 10 a.m. June
9 on the school's Fortier campus, 5614 Freret St.
The center was made possible by a $1.2-million gift to Lusher from
Atlantik-Brücke, or Atlantic Bridge, a German philanthropic
Thanks to the donation, the old Fortier High School gym will become
the center of all varsity sports programs at Lusher and serve as a
recreational facility for the surrounding Uptown community.
"It is a testament to the generosity of neighbors, no matter how far
away they may be," said Lusher Principal Kathy Riedlinger.
About 20 German visitors, including Walter Kiep, chairman emeritus of
Atlantic Bridge, and Rainer Munzel, consul general of the Federal
Republic of Germany, will be at the center's opening.
Also expected to attend are board members of the Advocates for the
Arts-Based Education Corporation, which is the school's chartering
organization, Riedlinger and Tulane University President Scott Cowen.
Tulane has a partnership with Lusher, which will also become a
kindergarten through 12th-grade school for the first time starting in
Elected official invited to attend include Gov. Kathleen Babineaux
Blanco, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter
and Mayor C. Ray Nagin.
Atlantic Bridge grew out of a sense of gratitude by the German people
for the support given to Germany by the United States through the
A reception will follow the ceremony with music performed by the
Lusher String Ensemble.