OPSB, Audubon Nature Institute to host Inaugural Back-to-School Fest at the zoo

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NEW ORLEANS -- The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and the Audubon Zoo will host an inaugural Back to School Fest on Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Audubon Zoo.

The event is open to all Orleans Parish public school students and their families. Complimentary admission to the zoo will be given to the first 10,000 students and families between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. New Orleans public school students must wear a school shirt to gain entry.

“The OPSB and Audubon Back to School Fest will be the first time all New Orleans public schools will come together as a unified school community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. “I want to thank the Audubon Nature Institute for creating this exciting event with us and for providing a fun, educational gathering for our students and families.”

The OPSB and Audubon Back to School Fest will give students and families the opportunity to come together to learn about the upcoming school year and meet fellow members of the OPSB community. The event will also feature giveaways, a variety of vendors and performances from school bands from across the city.

“It is an honor to give the students and families of New Orleans public schools the opportunity to join us at the Audubon Zoo for the inaugural OPSB and Audubon Back to School Fest,” said Ron Forman, president and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute. “The Audubon Nature Institute values education and any chance to grow the minds of our community’s students.”

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The OPSB currently oversees 78 public schools, including 75 charter schools, two direct-operated schools and a school with two educational programs for students in secure-care facilities.

On July 1st, all New Orleans public schools were unified under the oversight of the locally-elected Orleans Parish School Board for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Learn more about unified district here.

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