April 6th, 2006

WATCH: School Spirit

Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on New Orleans and surrounding counties. It ravaged the town of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi whose infrastructure has been virtually destroyed. Currently, half of its residents are gone, and the other half live in trailers. Nevertheless, this fractured community has a new center: the school system. Trailers have replaced the original school buildings, and many teachers have returned, along with about half of the students.

With new students registering every day, no technology, disorganized libraries, mud playgrounds and students who may have been out of school for months, the system faces enormous challenges–including a multi-million dollar debt. Yet hope survives.

This program covers what life is like for students, teachers and the principal of Second Street Elementary School in Bay St. Louis.

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This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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