First Lady Donna Edwards is visiting schools in flood ravaged areas of south Louisiana to distribute school supplies. Edwards has teamed up with the Louisiana School Boards Association to collect over $16,000 with the GoFundMe account called “LSBA Fund for Restoring Schools.” She says she will be at Greenbrier Elementary today.
“Spending some time, just being an encourager. I’m going to read some books, be there and encourage the teachers, they too have been through so much and have lost their homes, and to get them all back into the classroom.”
Edwards says the donations not only go to students, but teachers as well. She says many teachers lost everything and they hope to give them a chance to bring their classrooms back to normal.
“They’ve lost years, they’ve put in their own time and their money on building their classrooms and a lot of that has been destroyed, so helping them rebuild what they’ve built for instructional purposes.”
Edwards says partnering with LSBA are many Louisiana celebrities like Saints Punter Thomas Morstead is delivering backpacks full of supplies to classrooms and Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder is collecting funds to provide new electronics and uniforms. She urges anyone who can to donate.
“If people can give $10, $100 or more, that would be phenomenal and we would be so appreciative and the money is going to go directly to the need and the schools that are in need.”