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Ben Franklin High School & Loyola to Team Up to Host Environmental Forum

Date: September 24th, 2019

CONTACT: Eve Peyton ’98 (504) 503-0062

Benjamin Franklin High School, Loyola University New Orleans Team Up to Host Environmental Forum
NEW ORLEANS (Sept. 20, 2019) – On Tuesday, September 24, 7 p.m. , students in Benjamin Franklin High School’s Green Society will partner with students in Loyola University New Orleans’ Young Democrats and its Environment program to host a night of discussion and debate with state representatives from districts 91 and 98.
The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Nunemaker Auditorium on Loyola’s campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. There will be free parking across campus, including the West Road Garage.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. with Franklin students moderating a forum focused on local environmental issues, including coastal restoration, renewable energy, and the effects of climate change on our city and state. Following that, the Loyola Young Democrats will host a debate for the candidates running for District 98, which covers the Riverbend through Audubon, the university area, Carrollton, and Freret; the debate will encompass a wider range of local concerns, such as crime, flooding, and education.
“As someone who lives in District 98 and is a part of the so-called ‘climate change generation,’ it feels special to have the opportunity to hear from our possible representative on protecting and preserving the place we call home,” said Franklin senior Yehuda Potash.
Franklin AP Environmental Science teacher Kady Clincy, who is the sponsor of the school’s Green Society, said she was proud of her students for all of their work to get the forum organized.
“New Orleans is one of the most environmentally fragile communities in the country,” she said. “I find when I cover habitat loss, climate change, and sea level rise in my class, my students often feel helpless. They worry that the home they love won’t exist for their children and grandchildren. By organizing this forum, my students have turned their hopelessness into action. They have found a pragmatic way to ensure these issues are discussed by the people tasked with addressing them.”
Franklin will hold its Admissions Open House on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and all interested families are invited to attend. Applications will be accepted starting on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, and the first admissions test is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. More details can be found on the school’s website at

For more information, please contact Eve Peyton at (504) 503-0062 or

About Benjamin Franklin High School

Benjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans’ most outstanding public charter school, has been preparing students for success through academic achievement since its founding in 1957. Consistently ranked as a “top public high school in the nation” by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and Business Week, Franklin has received the highest School Performance School in Louisiana, making it the No. 1 public school in the state, year after year. Ben Franklin is repeatedly named a National Blue Ribbon School, producing Presidential and National Merit Scholars each year. The exceptional students,faculty, and staff at Ben Franklin are the best and the brightest in New Orleans. more information, please visit

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