Local school raises money for school still recovering from Hurricane Laura

Article by: Allison Hatton

Since its founding in 1950, St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge has instilled a love of service within its students, especially during difficult times. With COVID 19 in full force, this love fueled an even stronger desire to help those in need.

“Our Student Council had already been looking for ways to serve and decided they wanted to help victims of a natural disaster,” said Allison Hatton, Director of Admissions. “When one of our new families mentioned that a Catholic School in their hometown had suffered greatly because of Hurricane Laura, we began looking further into how we could help this school, who continues to suffer.”

On August 27, Hurricane Laura hit Lake Charles, Louisiana and severely damaged St. Margaret Catholic School. While still trying to recover, Hurricane Delta passed through causing additional damage. The physical damage they had suffered, however, wasn’t the only issue they had to combat; add to the list being robbed. People broke in and stole over $80,000 in new technology and the school’s PPE. This delayed the reopening of the school and has prevented St. Margaret’s from any thoughts of a “new normal,” regardless of the current Pandemic.

The St. Mary’s Student Council voted on an “out-of-uniform day.” On November 10, 2020, students could wear jeans and sweatshirts if they brought $1 or more to donate. The students, faculty and staff of St. Mary’s School raised over $475 to send to St. Margaret’s, in hopes that it will help them during their recovery. “I think it’s awesome that just by dressing in different clothes, we were able to help,” says Dylan Umansky, Student Council Treasurer.