2 Prairieville teachers whose homes flooded receive big surprise to help them recover

2 Prairieville teachers whose homes flooded receive big surprise to help them recover

PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - "Ascension Strong" is more than just a slogan, as Prairieville teachers and students are living that story every day.

Tuesday was paragraph day in Jennifer LeBlanc's third grade class at Lakeside Primary School. The students are learning that storytelling is in the details. And telling a good story is hard.

"When it makes no sense when you write a long part of it," said Carson Rodrigue, a third grade storyteller.

LeBlanc's story starts with an old farm house.

"We flooded in March," LeBlanc said. "We had damage to the floor."

"You shouldn't tell the down part," Rodrigue said.

Then came the historic August rains.

"The water went up two feet in 45 minutes. It shifted my house on its piers," LeBlanc said.

With no place to call home, LeBlanc and her children have bounced from one hotel room to another, but never losing sight of her other kids.

"These kids have been through a lot. They need us. They need to know that we're here for them, that we're not going anywhere," she added.

Nearly half of the teachers at Lakeview Primary are in the same boat. And they show up every day.

They keep me so busy. Their lives are so animated," LeBlanc explained.

It's like a story.

"You should always show the good parts," Rodrigue said.

For her dedication to her students, Tanger Outlets rewarded LeBlanc with a shopping spree to help her get home.

And if the story ended there, it would be pretty darned happy, but the best stories always have a twist.

Another teacher and her family are living in a camper in their driveway. When the folks from Tanger Outlets heard about that, they gave her a $1,500 shopping spree, too.

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