By: Allen Johnson
With Carnival 2008 behind him, Mardi Gras Guide publisher Arthur Hardy is focusing on another passion promoting the recovery of his old high school, Warren Easton. Hardy, vice president of the Warren Easton Charter Foundation, the governing body that reopened the public school after Hurricane Katrina, announced a fundraiser for a school-based health clinic, with the goal of eventually serving the Mid-City residential neighborhood. Proceeds from the fair will help build the clinic, to be housed in the defunct custodians cottage next to the school. Clinic operations will be financed by the Kellogg Foundation, and it will be staffed by the Tulane University Medical Center. The fair will feature a tribute to New Orleans Police Officer Nicola Cotton, a 2001 graduate of Warren Easton who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29 at Easton Park, an old NORD playground at 600 N. Lopez St. Hardy also challenged alumni from other area high schools to match the community outreach goals set by his alma mater. During an interview, the president of the Easton senior Class of 65, chuckled: Theres an old saying. New Orleans is made up of two kinds of high school students those who went to Warren Easton, and those who wish they had!