DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - The Emeril Lagasse Foundation recently donated brand new school uniforms to almost 350 students at Southside Elementary and Southside Junior High in Denham Springs.
The donation was made through a fund called Kids in Need During Disasters (KINDD), which supports children affected by natural, man-made, and environmental disasters. Many of the students were of course affected by August's historic flooding. Some families continue to be displaced while the campuses of both schools continue to be closed to damage received during the flooding. Students are attending school at nearby campuses, and will be relocated to temporary campuses for the second semester of this school year.
"We are very appreciative to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation and the volunteers of KINDD for recognizing the need in our community and responding with such generosity. It's nice that our students are receiving help, but also that they are learning how to respond to their fellow man in times like this," said Laura Williams, principal of Southside Elementary.
President of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Brian Kish, says his organization has worked with KINDD before and was proud to join their efforts in Livingston Parish.
"We've seen organizations from across the state and country come together during this difficult time, and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation is proud to join these efforts with KINDD and help in any way we can. Our hope is that these new uniforms help make recovery and the return to school a little easier for children and their families affected by this disaster," said Kish.
The foundation donated $10,000 to KINDD in order to purchase two uniforms for each of the 350 students affected by the flooding. Each student received two pairs of shorts, two shirts, and two sweatshirts in their correct sizes.
Founder of KINDD, Karen Treuting, says she started the organization in 2009 in response to the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster, and has provided assistance after every hurricane and major disaster to affect Louisiana since then. KINDD is a volunteer organization under the Northshore Community Foundation and the Braton Rouge Area Foundation. All funds donated go directly to the needs and educational well-being of kids affected by disasters.
Treuting says student volunteers from Mandeville High School assisted with the delivery and distribution of the uniforms at the two schools. For more information about KINDD, visit www.northshorefoundation.org/kindd-fund.