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New Orleans' St. Michael School to Get a Fall Facelift, Courtesy of IREM and its Local Chapter

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(Chicago, Sept. 14, 2012) -- St. Michael Special School will be the beneficiary of a special community service project to be undertaken by members of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and its local chapter in conjunction with the group’s upcoming national Fall Leadership Conference to be held at the New Orleans Marriott from Oct. 16 to 20. IREM, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, is a nearly 80-year-old international association of real estate managers serving all property types who focus on maximizing the value of investment real estate.

St. Michael is one of several truly worthwhile local organizations that were considered for the community service project, according to IREM’s Louisiana Chapter 55 President, Debbie Prejeant, CPM, a property manager with Latter and Blum Property Management. “The school was selected,” she said, “because of the particularly inspiring and resultful work it does with special needs individuals and because what our folks will be doing there aligns so well with some of their day-to-day responsibilities.”

Slated for Fri., Oct. 19, from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m., IREM Members’ activities at St. Michael will include: fall landscaping (planting of 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 future repairs and improvements that are needed. A specific focus of the inspection will address what can be done to save a much-beloved, historic building on the property that has fallen into major disrepair.

Funds are being solicited to underwrite the cost of supplies (paint, landscaping materials, tools, etc.), according to Prejeant. As well, in-kind contributions are being sought.

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.

IREM’s Louisiana Chapter, based in New Orleans, was founded in 1967. Current membership totals 190 and includes top-tier real estate managers and management firms in the area. The chapter holds an annual Golf Tournament each November at Beau Chene Country Club in Mandeville, LA, which raises funds for the Special Olympics.