On May 9, the New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) will be doing volunteer work at the Samuel J. Green Charter School to help create an Edible Schoolyard. We are proud to say that our Administrator, Bonnie Aucoin, who has been a valued member of the Steeg Law family for 40 years, is a past-President of ALA and recently received the Member of the Year award.

ALA is a wonderful organization for managers in the legal profession who wish to grow both personally and professionally, but it is also an organization that is dedicated to making lives better for others,” says Mrs. Aucoin, who has been a member since 1998. The ALA event is being put on by FirstLine Schools, a network of five public, open enrollment charter schools in New Orleans, and the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA) is a signature program.


Founded in 2006, ESYNOLA changes the way children eat, learn, and live at five FirstLine public charter schools in New Orleans. Their mission is to improve the long-term well being of their students, families, and school community, by integrating hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the school curriculum, culture, and cafeteria programs.

ESYNOLA involves students and the school community in growing, harvesting, preparing and enjoying food together as a means of awakening their senses, cultivating an environment that promotes a sense of pride and responsibility for our land and natural resources, and developing a love of fresh, seasonal foods.

ALA and Their Civic Involvements

The Community Connections Committee spearheads ALA’s volunteer activities. Their other civic involvements have included holding a donation drive for office items for Eden House, an organization that helps women escape from the human trafficking trade; and working with the Volunteers of America to collect items for Operation Backpack, which helps underprivileged children in New Orleans inner-city schools.

Learn More about ESYNOLA

Learn more about Edible Schoolyard New Orleans by clicking here.

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