The Journey of Our Louisiana Friends
On a loaded truck full of school supplies, water and toiletries, Wes Partin, Principal at Southside Junior High School and his team took on a 300-mile journey to help Humble ISD families who lost it all during Hurricane Harvey’s historic floods.
“I heard that Humble, Texas was flooding and the Cajun Navy was helping there. We knew there was a need and we wanted to get there ASAP,” said Partin.
Every middle school in the Livingston Parish Public School District took action right away. “Students brought supplies in and we organized so we could load it in a truck. Schools also did jean days to collect monetary donations. We rode around in the truck and picked up supplies from all the schools,” Said Partin, who faced devastating floods himself in his Louisiana district last August. “Around 70% of Denham Springs, Louisiana flooded. Students were displaced from homes, schools were totally destroyed, and it has been a long process to get back on our feet.”
According to Mr. Partin, still today Denham Springs school district is waiting for FEMA to assess their school site. Even though, some families are still in makeshift homes, they were ready to give back and repay for all the help they received a year ago.
“It brought back a lot of memories and emotions. We went through all of this. The smell, the piles of debris, all of it. We lived it. We wanted to go for all of our schools because we know that everyone wanted to give back,” said Partin.
The donation was a relief to many in the Humble ISD community.
“The support that this community has given our community is unmatched. For a community who has lost so much to come together as one to lift up others is amazing. They are all an inspiration,” said Henry Phipps, Executive Director Educational Support Services.
Wes Partin alongside his colleges Bryan Wax and Justin Wax, handed out items to approximately 2,500 people that stood in line to receive the help.
“I want to thank the Humble community and district for welcoming us. All l would ask is the Humble community now "pay it forward". Find someone in need and make them smile and know everything is going to be ok,” concluded Partin.