ERIC Number: EJ739321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan-11
Katrina's Castaways: Driven Far from Their Gulf Coast Homes by Hurricane Katrina, Six Children and Their Families Struggle to Pick Up Their Lives at Home and in School
Education Week, v25 n18 p23 Jan 2006
Hurricane Katrina, the disastrous storm that struck the Gulf Coast in late August of 2006, displaced an estimated 1 million people. Historians are already calling the resulting exodus of families from hard-hit communities in Louisiana and Mississippi the greatest mass migration in the United States since the Civil War. The diaspora extended north to Alaska and east to the Atlantic coast. Families moved because they needed shelter and jobs, of course, but a desire to get their children's schooling back on track was also a motivating force. This article looks at the experiences of six students and their families who were part of that exodus. Eighth grader Holly Sweeney and her family are from Waveland, Mississippi. The Midura children--Redding, Justis, and Sophie--come from New Orleans. So, too, do Dalyn Jones and Anthea Fields, both of them high school freshmen. They came from a private school, a charter school, a regular public school, and a magnet school. But they all ended up in public schools within an hour's drive of the nation's capital. The question now is how many of these migrating students have moved for good. Will they return home at the next break, wait until the school year ends, or never go back?
Descriptors: Migration, Refugees, Transfer Students, Family (Sociological Unit), Natural Disasters, Weather
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana; Mississippi; United States