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Kate Picinich, a special ed teacher and 6th grade teacher, Anita Pawlewicz came to New Orleans with 24 teachers, school staff and friends from five school districts around Syracuse, New York. The whole group came down for the week to volunteer gutting houses for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. They were working on ACORN's 999th house in Greater New Orleans on April 12, 2006. Some of them had also come down six weeks earlier for winter break.