Abeona House

Summer Gazpacho

I was at Lola’s Spanish restaurant on Esplanade last week and tried their gazpacho. So delicious! This week I will try to emulate their/ create my own gazpacho recipe for the kids. I think it will be the perfect hot summer cold soup treat to eat with our ham and cheese sandwiches.

Reggio Run Donations Update

We are still running hard with our Reggio Run fundraiser! Currently we have raised just under $900. We are hoping to get enough money raised to invest in Abeona House scholarships for families in need and also to complete our yard renovation project. From last year’s Reggio Run, we were able to help out a lot of families, and our big yard got the overhaul it needed. This year we would like to expand the socioeconomic diversity of our student body even more, and we are hard at work trying to turn the little yard into an art center, nature observatory, and meditation garden.

We need everyone’s help to get the word out about the great things Abeona House is trying to do. Making ourselves more accessible to a greater number of children helps us reflect the community of New Orleans better. Making space for children to express themselves while connecting with nature helps us reflect the beauty of humanity better.

So please, sign up, spread the word, donate, or volunteer to help us make this fundraiser the success the Abeona House children deserve!

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Abeona House Reunion!

Please join us for an Abeona House alumni and current family reunion, to be held starting during the Reggio Run June 15 at 8 a.m. Catch up with old friends, and make some new ones! If you aren’t up for a 2-mile jog with us, that’s ok. You can meet up with us after the Reggio Run at Audubon Park for our big family picnic. We will eat, drink, and be merry together, all while celebrating Abeona House and what it has meant to everyone over the years. Keep an eye out for more details.

Thinking Outside the Lunchbox

The verdict is in my coconut curry chickpeas: the kids love it! It’s so exciting to see our students’ taste buds being challenged and expanded with new foods and flavors from around the world. I use Thai brand green curry paste with coconut milk and some molasses, and serve the sauce over chickpeas, rice, and vegetables. Let me know if you have any recipes that can challenge our kids to think outside of the lunchbox!

Reggio Run Fundraiser

We are kicking off our annual Reggio Run fundraiser. We are hoping to have 100% family participation for this great community-building event. Don’t worry if your little ones are too little to run—this is a stroller-friendly event!

The proceeds from this fundraiser go toward our scholarship fund, which helps us bring new families into our community. We were also able to use last year’s proceeds to assist in our big yard renovation project.

Please check out our Reggio Run page for information on how to sign up or to donate directly.

Be on the lookout for more posts to come…


Kid-guided pizza menu!

The Looping Room is one of the hardest classes to feed, if you haven’t heard. Miss Anna, clever as she is, started using her pineapple as a topping to encourage them to try everything, and next thing I know we are having Hawaiian pineapple and ham pizza for lunch this week! Maybe this will be a trend where each class chooses a pizza topping for that month.

Making “junk food” healthy

Potato chips, this Friday’s vegetable component! It’s sooo easy. Grab yourself a mandolin (not the musical instrument, but the one that slices things very thin), and cut up a few russets and sweet potatoes. Toss in olive oil and spices. Lay in a single layer on a cookie sheet and cook at 350 until brown. Enjoy!

Family Cooking Night

This week we are having our first annual Families as Partners dinner party! I will be meeting families in the Church Cafeteria at 5:30 where we will chop, dice, mix, roll out, and talk about  food and our community/school! Hope to see you there!

Reggio Run T-shirt designs needed!

Do you have fabulous drawings of your family that your child(ren) created and you would be willing to share with us?    We are designing a t-shirt for the Reggio Run and Abeona Family Day happening on Sunday, June 15, and would like to use Abeona art on the shirt.  If you have a cute sketch or painting to submit, please scan and email it to Marcelle at mmrousseau@yahoo.com. Or, if you’re more old school, place the original or a photocopy in the folder on the bulletin board in the hallway.  We are hoping to have an “it takes a village” or “all in the Abeona family” sort of theme but would be open to other suggestions.

Repurpo$ing in the kitchen

Ever wondering how to transform leftovers into a new dish? One thing I do in our kitchen to save time and money is transform leftovers into something new and delicious- different fruits combine to make a salad, and extra beans are thrown into soup or jambalaya. It always feels good, and pays, to save!