Bayou Bouef Elementary took on over a foot of water after Hurricane Ida (August 2021)
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Area teachers are helping after a Louisiana community’s only school had over a foot of water inside after Hurricane Ida struck last month.
Levees, though elevated in recent years, breached and teachers from the neighboring community of Chackbay decided they had to help their colleagues at Bayou Bouef Elementary, just south of Lake Des Allemands in Lafourche Parish, KATC-TV reported.
“I saw pictures of what the school looked like and felt bad for the students, but also for the teachers,” said Tiffany Thibodaux, a Chackbay Elementary teacher, who has several coworkers who live in the Bayou Bouef community. “I know how much money we put into getting our rooms ready for the school year.”
Thibodaux began her supply drive with the help of former teacher and friend, Erica Richard, and a Facebook post.
“I made a post on Facebook and before I knew it, it blew up! Our goals was to help one school, Bayou Boeuf, but after the response, I’m hoping we can help all the schools in lower Lafourche,” she said.
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