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LEAP holds Youth Educational Excursion to New Orleans


LEAP OrganizationNew Orleans, LA – Youth from Clarksville, Tennessee embarked on an educational excursion that began with touring Jackson Square and visiting the 1850 House, Cabildo, and Presbytre where they learned about New Orleans rich history and sampled some of its fine cuisine.

The next day the group visited the Aquarium, and Insectarium where some got to sample gourmet insects before enjoying shops and sights of Magazine St.

On day three the group visited the Wax Museum and participated in a history based scavenger hunt with prizes awarded to the winders followed by thrill rides at Carousel Garden Amusement Park for the remainder of the day.

The last day of trip included visit 9th Ward that was impacted most by Hurricane Katrina and visiting outlet shopping malls before returning the Clarksville.

“This was an amazing trip. I has such a great time shopping, trying new foods, and learning about New Orleans” commented one of the participants.

“This is my 3rd LEAP summer trip as a chaperon and like the rest, I’ve been touched by the impact that it has on the youth. The history that the youth learn is one thing, but the various break out mentoring sessions throughout the trip seem to have left a positive impression on the students” expressed mentor Toni Jenkins

Some of the businesses and organizations that were instrumental in either making financial or in kind contributions to this trip were Clarksville Rotary, Daymar Institute, Leap of Faith Ministries,, the Marriott, Hertz, Keller Williams Realty, Veterans United Home Loan, and Planters Bank. There were also many individuals who sponsored students to be able to participate in this trip.

Planning is already underway for the next youth educational excursion to New York scheduled for the summer of 2015. For more information call 931-561-4204 or visit

About Richard Garrett

    Richard Garrett

    City Councilman Richard “Reason” Garrett has gained extensive business knowledge and negotiating skills as the Executive Director of the LEAP Organization.  LEAP Org provides youth development services.  As a licensed realtor for Keller Williams Realty, he is known for his tenacity, perseverance, honesty, and fairness.  A proud APSU alum, Richard graduated with Honors with a Bachelors in Public Management.
    Richard is a former active duty Marine, father of 4, and a husband with strong ties to the community. He is a graduate of Leadership Clarksville and a member of Clarksville Rotary, Clarksville Area Ministerial Association, Chamber of Commerce, Clarksville Association of Realtors Public Relations & Charity Relations Committees, and Clarksville Community Partners Group.

    For more information on Richard visit He can be contacted directly at 931-378-0500 or via email

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