Thank You for Standing with Louisiana

Current Events & News, Parent & Family Engagement | 11/15/2016

Karen Kelly Parrino
Early Elementary Educator

Karen is a dedicated early elementary educator of over 25 years and a Stand for Children Educator All-Star

Dear Stand for Children Friends,                                                                                                                                                                      

On August 11, 2016, I returned from a wonderful first day with my kindergarten boys and busily began preparing for my Kindergarten girls the next morning.  Little did I know my community was about to be tested to its core in the days, weeks and months ahead. 

On the morning of August 13, 2016, my family quickly evacuated our home of 23 years with personal possessions in hand as the Amite River claimed my neighborhood and most of my community in Denham Springs, La.  When we returned home days later, we discovered 6½ ft. of river water had left little to be salvaged.  It was indeed heartbreaking for us and to see so many facing the same situation.  

Many schools in the area flooded and educators lost all of their teaching materials and supplies. During the upcoming weeks, I witnessed the Livingston Parish School System pull together in an amazing way, working tirelessly to reopen schools for our students. I am thankful for all who came forth to assist and help provide for families and schools in my community.  From cooking, cleaning, gutting homes, providing for basic needs and the list could go on and on, so many stepped up and proved to be a blessing to myself and countless others.

It was during this difficult time that Stand for Children reached out on several occasions offering their help. They drove to my school and brought boxes and boxes of school supplies and shoes for the students in Livingston Parish. We were able to send supplies to neighboring schools as a result of their most generous donation. I cannot thank Stand enough for being a “light” during this dark time. I witnessed many students who had lost almost everything with the biggest smiles on their faces, as they received their new shoes and school supplies.

Thank you Stand for coming to aide Livingston Parish children and schools.


Karen Kelley Parrino

In the immediate aftermath of Louisiana’s historic and unprecedented August floods of 2016, Stand for Children Louisiana reached out to communities affected by flooding to help those impacted with their most immediate needs. Through your generous donations we were able to help dozens of families and classrooms. During the course of the donation drive Stand for Children Louisiana was able to collect & donate more than 500 items worth more than $11,500. In addition, more than 25 boxes of school supplies, clothing, and books were donated from generous organizations in Florida and New York City.

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