Sandra Bullock opens New Orleans school health clinic


Sandra Bullock was on hand to help open the new health clinic at the Warren Easton Charter school in New Orleans on Sunday, the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Bullock is a major sponsor of the clinic and the school, an acclaimed public school with an almost 100% graduation rate. She spoke to the press that morning and joked that she was going to give a seminar in truth in journalism. Then she got serious and talked about the good that the school does. “I am personally tired of only hearing about the bad news [from] the media. When I firsthand have seen nothing but unimaginable kindness, perseverance and hope right under this roof here.” Here’s more of what Sandra said:

Despite the rain-soaked gray Sunday morning and the somber fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Sandra Bullock managed to get a laugh out of the crowd at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans.

Flipping over an hourglass, the Oscar-winning actress joked, “THIS is all the time I have.”

Bullock, a part-time New Orleans resident, donated money to help rebuild the school and to open a student health clinic. She appeared at weekend events to pay tribute to those behind the hurricane recovery effort.

“I have seen nothing but unimaginable kindness, perseverance and hope right in this room here,” said Bullock. “It gives me great pleasure to be in the company of these people who have actually made the difference. They did the hard work, they are here sitting before you.”

Joking that she was beginning to sound like a politician – “No offense,” she laughed to U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter – Bullock said that despite the devastation, the anniversary should be seen as day for celebration.

“These young adults have seen the very worst, and they are committed to the very best,” said Bullock. ” They are our future leaders. I would like to thank the students who step up to the plate and do the hardest work. I didn’t do it in high school, and it makes me so incredibly proud.”

Wearing a V-neck dark blue knee-length dress, black belt and heels, Bullock stood with school nurse Cassondra Ferrand and principal Alexina Medley and other officials to cut the gold ribbon on the new health facility behind the school.

“It was more than her money,” says Easton Foundation board member Arthur Hardy. “She is like our spiritual leader. She is our angel.”

“What do you say about a human being who just pours out their heart and soul, who puts their money where their mouth is, walks the walk, talks the talk,” adds Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “And even if is was just in a movie, she married a New Orleans boy.”


Sandra first interview post-scandal interview will be from New Orleans with Matt Lauer and will air on Tuesday. You can be sure that she’ll talk about her work with the school along with the efforts to rebuild the community post-Katrina. I love that she’s so involved in local causes, and that she adopted her son from New Orleans. She seems like such a caring person who is glad to help make a difference. She seemed to really acknowledge the unsung heroes in her speech, too, the people who give of themselves and don’t get the recognition that we give celebrities and politicians for their charity work. I’m anxious to hear what she has to say on Tuesday.

Photos are from Fame Pictures, which points us to the little “L” pendant Sandra is wearing for her son, Louis.



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  1. Shawna says:

    Well, let’s hope people won’t get cynical about THIS story.

  2. Whatever says:

    She’s the best.

  3. Original Gracie says:

    Sandy is a class act and a wonderful human being. LOVE HER.

  4. Liana says:

    I really like her. She does so much charity work and does most of it without fanfare or recognition.

  5. California Surfer says:

    The chick in the grey dress is way majorly gorgeous!

  6. Tiffany says:

    You know how there is not such thing as a perfect person, welllll… I am starting to think otherwise.

  7. Alex says:

    good for Sandra and Tiffany there is no perfect person. Yep she is going something great and wonderful but lets not get carried away here nobody is perfect

  8. Marie says:

    I love Sandra, she is so classy unlike the trashy actresses that are out there today they will never be able to hold a candle to her.

  9. Tess says:

    This is a put on. Right???

    You can’t all be this gullible. I mean, she’s got everything to gain and nothing to lose by doing this so publically. I’m talking box office and reputation.

    Can’t help it, I’m just a little dubious about very public acts of charity. Same thing can be accomplished annonymously for those with a little more humility or less of an agenda.

  10. Samantha says:

    I don’t care what her motivation is behind doing this. The school speaks for itself, and what she is doing there is obviously making an impact. So I don’t think the “reason” she is doing it should matter in the least. At least someone is doing something. Can’t we just for once applaud it rather than critique it?

  11. Bodhi says:

    Seriously? Since when does everything have to be about an agenda? Jeebus, its a damn shame that people can’t do good works without someone jumping all over them?

  12. Kim says:

    Tess probably believed that Mother Theresa had an agenda for helping the people of Calcutta too.

  13. LolaBella says:

    Kudos to Sandy; it’s a good cause that will benefit a community that desperately needs it.


    Man, celebrities are damned if they do, damned if they don’t!

    If they donate to charitable causes anonymously then we bitch and moan assuming that they don’t help in a crisis.

    If they do it publicly like what Sandy and Brad are doing in NOLA then we become cynical bitches and complain that they have ulterior motives! WTF??

    The people who’re getting the help are obviously grateful for it. It will improve their way of life and that’s all that really matters.

  14. Tess says:

    Come on, Kim.

    You’re not really comparing the life, work, and personal sacrifice of Mother Theresa in the slums of Calcutta with a Sandra Bullock photo op, are you?

  15. Cheyenne says:

    You know what — it’s great that celebs are giving so much help to New Orleans, but are any of them looking at points east?

    New Orleans was hit by a glancing blow from Katrina; they weren’t done in by the hurricane, they were done in by Army Corps of Engineers who did a shit job maintaining the levees. Where Katrina really did a number was on the small cities and towns in Mississippi, a few miles east of New Orleans. They took a direct hit. Some of those towns were hit by a 30-foot wall of water. Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis, Waveland and a couple of smaller places were virtually obliterated. I have a friend in Biloxi whose house was spared except for half the roof being ripped off, but he lives a mile inland. The houses near the Gulf shore were wiped out. These places need as much help or more than New Orleans, and they haven’t gotten it.

  16. whatever says:

    A health clinic where those less fortunate can seek medical care….and a school where those children can get a good education…..

    or build houses and charge the person 150 grand plus.

    Which celebrity is really making a difference there?

  17. Liana says:

    cynicism is well and good, but when it’s misplaced, it’s ugly.

  18. lucy2 says:

    You’re right Cheyenne, I hear very little about efforts to help areas outside New Orleans too.

    I think Sandra’s been very involved with this for years, but the first time I heard anything about it was that People interview a few months ago. It all sounds great, I wish the school, clinic, and community the best of luck.

  19. nycmom10024 says:

    Amen Liana!

  20. OC lady says:


    Families who lived in the Lower 9th Ward before Hurricane Katrina can apply for a Make It Right home.

    Returning residents pay Make It Right what they’re able — usually about $75,000 — and Make It Right loans them the rest. The payback policy varies. For some, the loan is free, if the recipient agrees to live in the house for five to 20 years.

    “Our goal is to help the families that don’t have a lot of options,” Darden said. “We ask families to contribute as much as they can afford.”

    Pitt has donated 5 million of his own money to the project. The homes themselves cost more to build than what they are selling for since they are built to withstand floods and are low-energy green houses.

  21. funnygirl says:

    @Tess-I totally agree..The min I saw this I KNEW it was just good PR to re-direct attention away from the whole Jesse James debacle.

    I like Sandra Bullock but she, like all celebs, play the charity/PR game. Corporations do it all the time by donating money to charity too. The charity gets money, the person/corporation gets good publicity-everyones a winner.

  22. Madison says:

    I’m sure the people in New Orleans aren’t bitching about Brad and Sandy helping them out, they’ve got new homes and a new health clinic and are really grateful.

    All celebrities play the charity/PR game to some extent but not all are in it soley for good publciity at least some like Sandra and Brad put their money where their mouth is and walk the talk, I get the impression they genuinely care and want to help it’s not just a photo op for them.

  23. Cheyenne says:

    @Lucy2: my friend in Biloxi said people in his area are really pissed off that New Orleans has gotten all the attention post-Katrina. They feel like they have gotten the short end of the stick and they are right. The area is gradually coming back (Pascagoula’s school district has almost the same number of children as it did pre-Katrina) but it has a long way to go.

    @funnygirl and Madison: who cares if it is a photo op, as long as some genuine good comes out of it?

  24. Jeri says:

    Sandra is a good person. No one person can do it all & it’s unreal how some of you attack her for helping others (and not you or whatever).

    Those haters out there, go after someone doing nothing & trash them.

  25. Liana says:

    If I recall correctly, Sandra was involved in this long before her marriage to that scumbucket ended. So how is it a “deflection?” It’s more like the clumination of the work she has been doing.

    I work in H-wood (thought I’m currently based in NY on a series). I know the game. And I know that Sandra Bullock has never been known as a gameplayer and has generally been known for her genuine interest in the causes she chooses to support.

  26. Emily says:

    I don’t care if she and Brad are doing this to deflect attention from their puppy-murder spree. What they’re doing is helping people, nothing else matters.

  27. canadianchick says:

    She’s great, I love that she’s helping New Orleans, her son will be proud of his mom someday.

  28. Isabella says:

    I think that Sandra Bullock is a kind person, and I love most of her movies. Does any one know how much money she has donated to the school in New Orleans?