“It helps us with less burden to replace all of these things after all we’ve just been through with wasted time at work and wasted money and stuff like that.”
TERREBONNE PARISH, Louisiana – With school resuming soon in parishes by the bayou, parents and children lined up on Sunday to get free school supplies.
A welcome event, because so many people lost everything in Hurricane Ida.
“Our house suffered a lot of water damage. So it will probably be a loss, ”said one parent.
The Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence has partnered with the Lafourche Education Foundation to donate 600 kits of school supplies and backpacks.
Parents said the gift came at the right time as there were many additional expenses after the storm.
“Alright because I mean we have our deductibles for the insurance, we have the hotels, we got the generator running,” said a parent.
“It helps us with less burden to replace all of these things after all we’ve just been through with wasted time at work and wasted money and stuff like that.” said a parent
While this is important for parents, the gift also helps teachers. Many schools were damaged by the storm, destroying valuable school supplies.
“The last thing these teachers have to worry about is replacing their school supplies. This is what we are trying to do, is to help them get back to normal, ”said Paula Rome, of the Lafourche Foundation for Education.
The event was made possible with the help of dozens of volunteers and a donation of $ 10,000 from United Way and the organizers said this was just the beginning.
“This is only our first distribution. We want our teachers and students to know that we are there to support them every step of the way and we will be there to support them until they can return to class, ”said Ashlee Barahona, of the Terrebonne Foundation for the academic excellence.
It’s by no means an easy time for anyone here, but going back to school provides a familiar feeling as families work to get back to what life was like before Ida.
“It’s stressful, but we take it one day and try to do what we can to get our kids back on track,” said one parent.
A community has come together to offer some help during this difficult time.