"We're here to celebrate an anniversary and though that might be hard for some, I choose to emphasize the word 'celebrate,'" Bullock told 100 people Sunday in the auditorium of Warren Easton Charter High School, where the $700,000 clinic is located. "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."
Alexina Medley, Easton's principal, told the Associated Press without Bullock, 46, "we would not have returned as soon as we did. She's come to our rescue several times and in a pinch, she's definitely helped us out."
Bullock donated money for the project.
"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," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who was at the event. "And even if it was just in a movie, she married a New Orleans boy."
Bullock recently moved to Austin, Texas, but owns a home in New Orleans, and adoped 7-month-old son Louis, who was born in The Big Easy.