Monday, December 22, 2014
Hurricane Katrina first made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane just north of Miami, Florida on August 25, 2005, then again on August 29 along the Central Gulf Coast near New Orleans, Louisiana, as a Category 4 storm. Its storm surge soon breached the levee system that protected New Orleans from Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. Most of the city was subsequently flooded mainly by water from the lake. This and other major damage to the coastal regions of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama made Katrina the most destructive and costliest natural disaster in the history of the United States. When Longfellow students returned to school from summer vacation and heard and read about the tragedy in Mississippi and Louisiana, they reached in their pockets and almost overnight raised over $1000 to send to the Red Cross's Hurricane Relief Efforts. Efforts to help continued during the holiday season. Students, parents, teachers and community members collected shoeboxes and school supplies. The supplies were boxed, wrapped to be sent to Magnolia Elementary School in Magnolia, MS. Magnolia was the new home for many New Orleans students displaced by Hurricane Katrinia. On February 2nd, nine huge boxes filled with wrapped shoeboxes was sent to Magnolia, MS. The gift boxes will be distributed first to the students from New Orleans, and then to other students who might be in need of school supplies for the second part of the school year. Seventh grade students were responsible for this project. They worked for weeks after school preparing the boxes to be mailed. The seventh graders were: Sarafina Young, Virgen Adorno, Johneesha Barnes, Lafadra Hines and Mel Gayle.