Loreauville comes together to build bridge for disabled student

Photo Credit: KLFY
Photo Credit: KLFY

LOREAUVILLE, La. (KLFY) – Residents in the village of Loreauville have come together to help out one of their own in a very special way this holiday season.

Many kids walk to school, and for some, crossing over ditches may not be much of an issue. But for the Bruno family, this small ditch, is a big obstacle.

Razeeni Bruno’s oldest son Bryan, helps his younger brother Keandre, get to and from the bus stop every day— a task that’s not as easy as it sounds.

“He was born disabled. We found out he was disabled three months after he was born and basically he has several different disabilities,” Bruno said.

One, which confines him to a wheelchair. Nonetheless, his older brother Bryan, wheels him across the ditch using this makeshift bridge.

After a heavy summer rain, trash had gotten caught under the bridge, slowing the flow of water.

So, Loreauville Mayor Brad Clifton moved the bridge one week later, it was back in place.

“Didn’t want to put up too much of a fight about it. One day I was cutting the grass and noticed a young man coming to get his brother and he will chair and crossing the ditch and the railroad track. I felt horrible about moving the bridge in the first place,” Clifton.

After learning about the problem, Mayor Clifton reached out to the community for money to build a real crossover.

“Cox Communications came through for us and they’re going to find the whole project. And our Industrial Arts class is going to build the bridge with students using it as their senior project,” Clifton.

“Everybody in Loreauville, anybody, we’re all family, we care for each other and we love each other. No matter what differences or anything, we love each other and we’re going to help each other out in time of need,” Boutte.

“I’ve seen a lot of people at my school, my friends, and people I don’t even talk to helping my little brother and it means a lot, like, it feels like we’re all a big family whenever it comes down to this,” Bryan.

With students working though the holidays, Mayor Clifton expects the bridge to be complete some time around the new year.

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