Warren Easton Charter High School Recovery, New Orleans LA
Henry Lowentritt of Metairie, Louisiana led his Rotary club’s effort to renovate and reopen historic Warren Easton High School after it was nearly destroyed by the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina. Lowentritt, a CPA and business owner, directed groups of volunteers and helped raise funds to fix up the 100-year old school building. After more than 2,000 hours of sweat equity, Warren Easton re-opened to 800 students the following school year. The reopening of Warren Easton High School, a predominately African-American school was an early and significant sign that the city was on its way back after its devastating losses.
Henry Lowentritt is being honored as a Champion of Change for his humanitarianism and contributions to public service, aimed at improving people's lives and making a better future around the globe.