February 14, 2014
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Mark Fleming store director of Winn-Dixie store no. 1426, second from right, with Edna Karr High School students, alumni and staff.​

On Feb. 3, Winn-Dixie store director for store no. 1426 in New Orleans partnered with Edna Karr High School for the school’s Alumni Day program. More than 60 graduates of Edna Karr High School in the Algiers community came out to take part in the program.

The 2014 alumni day program was very special for graduates, students and staff because this year marked the 50thanniversary of the well-known New Orleans school. The day started with a social gathering in the library, which featured a Winn-Dixie catered breakfast. After breakfast, the alumni group joined students in the cafeteria for an assembly.

Following the assembly, Fleming spoke to students about his experiences as a student at Edna Karr High School. Fleming spoke candidly about creating opportunities when he faced challenges during high school and how those experiences prepared him for his role as store director at Winn-Dixie.

“To speak to a room full of students with so much potential was very fulfilling,” said Fleming. “It was especially heartwarming for the students to know that I attended the same school. I was honored to share real-world advice with future Edna Karr alumni.”

Fleming said he wanted to give realistic guidance to the students. Fleming summarized the path for success in the classroom and beyond with three simple phrases: sacrifice, commitment and investment of time. His dedication to these areas has been a driving factor for him.

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