PLEASURE RIDGE PARK, Ky. (WHAS11) – As the water from the historic flooding in Louisiana has receded, support from across the country and the world has started to pour in. That includes Kerrick Elementary School in Kentuckiana.
Kindergarten teacher Kerri Gray has family from Louisiana, so the cause hits very close to home. She and her mom started collecting some donations for the flood victims when she thought of the students left with nothing.
“We noticed that the schools were also flooded and it kind of came to light how devastating this whole thing really was,” Gray said.
She started asking for supplies at school, and the support has been tremendous. From markers to pencils to glue sticks to notebooks, there is no shortage of materials for the many students in need in Louisiana.
“We hope that our little supply drive will maybe make a difference for some of them,” Gray said. “You know, as a teacher, we understand that school is a constant for our students and thinking about what they are going through losing their home, losing their school, they really just need maybe a little pick me up.”
Gray said many of the students at Kerrick felt called to do their part to help strangers, even though they are hundreds of miles away.
“A lot of them saw the reports on the news about the flooding, and they really are beginning to understand that they can make a difference just by doing small things to help others,” Gray said.
In times like this, things like glue and pens and pencils suddenly become so much more. They are the simple, but significant gestures that can help fix the cracks the storms created and rewrite the stories that have been dampened.
These supplies can't replace everything the water ruined, but it's definitely a good start and a great lesson for those doing the giving.
“We’re hoping that this might help families that are trying to spend their resources on other priorities right now and get their kiddos back in school with what they need,” Gray said.
“Since I like traveling, my family thought we should send in a couple of things just to make them feel better,” fifth grader Julie Embry said. “It really made me a little happy to help these children to get their education.”
“It helps me help other people and makes me happy,” first grader Jameson Cook said.
Now, Kerrick Elementary just needs help getting all of the supplies to Louisiana. Donations to offset the cost of shipping can be dropped off at the school office. The school is located at 2210 Upper Hunters Trace. The drive ends Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.