Dominican Shows Sweet Thanks


Surrounded by cakes, cookies, and other confections, representatives from the New Orleans Police Department accept these gestures of gratitude from DHS.  In December, students donated the treats as part of the Sweet Thanks Program to show appreciation to the NOPD.

The New Orleans Police Department has been serving the City of New Orleans for over 100 years, and Dominican knows just the way to show its appreciation. On Thursday, Dec. 1, Dominican students from every grade brought in sweet treats to distribute to representatives from NOPD as a way to say thank you.

Sweet Thanks is a city-wide event organized by the Lakeview Civic Association and Gulf Coast Bank to show the men and women who serve the community how grateful the city is. Dominican has participated in this gesture of gratitude since been since 2011.

The P.E. department organized the drive for the entire school. Ms. Ashlyn Ciolino, junior P.E. teacher, along with the entire P.E. department helped by organizing and distributing the treats early Thursday morning. “It was a great opportunity to help the students show their appreciation to the officers who serve our community,” Ms. Ciolino said.

To say thank you, junior Claire Perez brought in freshly baked homemade chocolate chip cookies. “It makes me feel really good when I take the time to bring in something that will show the officers who protect us how grateful I am,” she said.

After the students organized the many trays of cupcakes, cookies and brownies, representatives from the NOPD came to DHS to pick up the tasty confections. Senior Elizabeth Lorenzo, whose dad is a former NOPD officer, understands how much this gesture will be appreciated.

“It’s good to see that the police officers are being shown the gratitude they deserve,” said Lorenzo, “because they work so hard behind the scenes to make sure we are safe.”

– Claire Dinwiddie