IREM Community Service Project Honored by the
Brees Dream Foundation

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(Chicago, Feb.13, 2013) – A community service project undertaken jointly by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and its Louisiana Chapter No. 55 – benefitting St. Michael Special School in New Orleans – recently was honored by the Brees’ Dream Foundation, a charity established by New Orleans’ Saints football player Drew Brees and his wife to fund cancer research, give educational opportunities to children, and to help New Orleans. In addition to the recognition, St. Michael Special School was awarded $2,000 in prize money by the Foundation at a special ceremony attended by Debbie Prejeant, CPM, IREM Louisiana’s 2012 Chapter President.

According to Prejeant, St. Michael was one of several very worthwhile local organizations that were considered for the community service project, undertaken last October, in conjunction with IREM’s 2012 Fall Leadership Conference in New Orleans. “The school was selected,” said Prejeant, “because of the particularly inspiring and resultful work it does with special needs individuals and because what needed doing aligned so well with some of IREM Members’ day-to-day responsibilities.

More than 50 IREM Members from across the U.S. and Canada participated in the project , undertaking activities including fall landscaping (planting trees, shrubs, and flowers); painting the activity room in the Joy Center, a facility for young adults; and using participants’ professional expertise to inspect campus buildings and identify needed repairs and improvements that are needed. A specific focus of the inspection addressed what can be done to save a much-beloved, historic building on the property in need of renovations.
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MORE ABOUT ST. MICHAEL SPECIAL SCHOOL

Since 1965, St. Michael Special School has served students of diverse backgrounds with major learning difficulties to achieve as full a potential as possible. Students are guided through a series of experiences leading to the academic, social and vocational maturity needed to adjust to the adult world.

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