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ERIC Number: EJ837932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
Revisiting the Gulf Coast after Katrina
Principal, v88 n4 p40-45 Mar-Apr 2009
In August 2005, the world witnessed one of the most destructive natural disasters on America's mainland. Hurricane Katrina, followed a month later by Hurricane Rita, brought more than broken levees, flooded streets and homes, and destroyed businesses. It caused changes in the dynamics and the demographic and cultural makeup of the region. One of the most heart-wrenching images was the devastation of children's sense of security and well-being. One of the hardest-hit institutions was the educational system. Schools along the coastal regions of Louisiana and Mississippi were faced with more than just cleaning up their ravaged facilities. Entire districts were left without the resources needed to keep schools open. In the days, weeks, and months following the hurricanes, schools cried out for help and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) answered the call through its Principal-to-Principal Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. Then, in 2006, during its 85th Annual Convention in San Antonio, NAESP presented the Louisiana Association of Principals and the Mississippi Association of Elementary School Administrators with a check for $70,000. After the convention, additional donations brought the total to $80,000. Additionally, Gulf Coast schools reported receiving contributions of textbooks, audio/visual materials, personal teaching materials and supplies, library books, and classroom and PE equipment. This article presents some reflections from Louisiana and Mississippi school leaders on the effects of Katrina, and the ways they used the generous support they received.
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-386-2377; Tel: 703-684-3345; Fax: 800-396-2377; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana; Mississippi