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SHREVEPORT, LA - August 29

Katrina's Impact On Education

Brandon Joseph remembers the 9th Ward like it was yesterday.
"A whole bunch of water just came out of nowhere," he said.
Now, two years later, he's a ninth grader at Airline High School.
Not only did he lose everything in Katrina, but his mom passed away a short time ago.
He says the faculty at Airline goes above and beyond.
"They're doing a whole lot for me right now. If I need something they got it for me. If I don't [have] lunch money they help me with that."
While thousands of students remain displaced and many educational projects are still unfunded throughout the Gulf Coast, Bossier Superintendent Ken Kruithof says his school system is in good shape. 
"Because we're a military community, kids are kind of used to kids coming in and out and those types of things and they assimilated pretty well," said Kruithof.
The faculty raised $12,000 dollars to provide evacuees with everything from food items to school supplies.
But sometimes they're ability to listen was most important.
"Being upset because they didn't have the things that the other kids had and having to do without," said Airline English teacher Dianne Montgomery.
Katrina might have washed away Joseph's life in the 9th Ward, but he says he won't let it wash away his future.
"Just being me, not following people trying to be a leader," he said.
He wants to graduate and go to college to become an electrician.
One thing is certain: the support is electric at Airline High School.
Story By Ben Wolf

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