Donation helps displaced East St. John High School students return to normal

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 7:47pm

It's a theme repeated over and over at East St. John High School. Students and teachers still struggling to get back to normal three months after floodwaters from Hurricane Isaac destroyed their school and everything in it, including all of the supplies for the school's culinary and nutrition courses.

"Everything was lost, down to I guess, all of my spoons, books. We came here without anything. I mean not a book, not a spoon, not a napkin, not anything," Autrey Washington, the courses instructor explained.

And without supplies to learn how to cook, the nutrition and culinary class students were falling behind.

"When we lost the kitchen, they felt lost," Washington added.

"You’re like, 'oh we can't cook and stuff.' How are you supposed to learn if you don't do it hands on. so it's just, things are getting better as time goes on," Jadian Daniels, a student, said.

That’s where the Louisiana Restaurant Association stepped in with donations of several essential kitchen items.

“I think it's just a great thing that we've come together, we got them back started so we can actually get them back to cooking. Because losing everything, I’ve done it in Katrina. I know what it's like. So to get these kids back is very important," Duke LoCicero, a New Orleans chef and member of the LRA, said.

And while it may not seem like a lot in the long run, for students the gift brings them just one step closer to getting their lives back to normal.

"Like you don't appreciate what you have until it's gone, and then when someone is kind enough to give it back to you you're so grateful for it. it's just pots and pans and stuff, it's just equipment but you feel the love because you feel like somebody else cared enough to bring you something," Daniels explained.

The new kitchen supplies had a price tag of over $5,000.

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