From April 17 to April 25, Tiger Outreach members will once again head south to New Orleans, La., to volunteer with the nonprofit organization lowernine.org, founded by Waldoboro native Rick Prose.

The Lower Ninth Ward was one of the poorest districts in the city pre-Katrina, and the extent of its need has grown since the category five hurricane shocked the area in 2005. The 11 students, chaperoned by RDHS teachers Peter Pfister and Steffany Tribou, will devote their spring break to the stouthearted people of New Orleans, actively volunteering in rebuilding efforts in the Lower Ninth Ward. They are eager to tackle all jobs presented to them, which may include anything from painting to roofing. Laboring for five full workdays, the students are also enthusiastic to experience the culture of this famously diverse city.

While in the Big Easy, the group will also visit Tulane University for a college tour, attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (thanks to a generous donation of tickets from a festival founder, Susan Mock), and view the works in the New Orleans Art Museum.

This will be Tiger Outreach’s third trip to New Orleans. The large student service organization was founded at Rockland District High School by class of 2009 graduate Kelsey Barnes, who organized the first two New Orleans trips (2008 and 2009). Tiger Outreach has a two-fold mission: to provide aid, local and distant, to those in need, and offer meaningful, hands-on volunteer experiences to Rockland students. Aside from annual trips, members have been busy volunteering in Knox County on everything from home weatherization to dog kennel painting at the Humane Society of Knox County to yard work for the elderly.

To contact Tiger Outreach, call Rockland District High School at 596-2010 or e-mail tigeroutreach@yahoo.com.

Tiger Outreach members estimated that they must raise $5,000 for their upcoming trip. Donations to the group can be mailed to RDHS, 400 Broadway, Rockland, ME 04841.