Two Opelousas schools receive surprise donation for flood victims

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OPELOUSAS, LA (KLFY) – Two poverty stricken schools–Northeast Elementary School and Grolee Elementary School–are both on the receiving end of more than $300 worth of school supplies combined, thanks to the generosity of Zachary native, Joyce Burgess.

“She donated tablets, pencils, glue, and different things like that,” said Northeast Elementary Principal, Daphne Guillory,

“It was quite a surprise, but a very nice surprise at that,” said Grolee Elementary Principal, Brandon Singleton.

Guillory and Singleton both say a contribution of this magnitude will definitely help in the educational process.

“Since we are 95% poverty here at Northeast those school supplies I would say impacted about 20 students,” said Guillory.

“We should be able to spread these contributions out across the school in some way. All students should be able to benefit from this donation,” said Singleton.

A donation specifically for those impacted by the recent historic flood, that both principals agree couldn’t have come at a better time.

“We did have some small things that were damaged here on campus in one of our buildings, so we’ll be able to replenish those items and help those students who were affected as well,” said Singleton.

“We need to always replenish supplies for those students who couldn’t afford or for whatever reason didn’t have those needed supplies,” said Guillory.

Most of all, Singleton and Guillory just ask for continued support from the community.

“Opelousas, the town itself, all of the schools are in a I consider it to be a crisis situation,” said Singleton. “Most of the schools here are D schools and we’re really trying and working to transform them, but we need the community’s assistance in this feat, we can’t do it alone.”

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