On the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock returned to the New Orleans high school she helped rebuild for the opening of an on-campus health clinic on Sunday.
Bullock joined a host of educators, school supporters and politicians, including U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu and David Vitter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu for the clinic's ribbon-cutting ceremony, which coincided with the storm's anniversary.
"We're here to celebrate an anniversary and though that might be hard for some, I choose to emphasize the word 'celebrate.' Sometimes tragedies bring out the very best in people and it's one of the reasons why we stand in this school of excellence today," Bullock told about 100 people gathered in the auditorium of Warren Easton Charter High School, which was rebuilt after Katrina swamped the campus.
Along with a contribution from Bullock, the $700,000 medical and dental clinic received grants from The Kellogg Foundation and The San Francisco 49ers Foundation. It's set to open in the fall and will provide services ranging from flu shots to emergency care.
Bullock adopted a boy this year as well who was born in New Orleans.
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