Centralia Students Aid Mississippi Residents
The students went down to Waveland, Mississippi, where the eye of Katrina came ashore.They got the oppurtunity to help rebuild the community and learn what it truly means to have lost everything.
38 students from Sunnydale Adventist Academy in Centralia took this disaster as an opportunity to help those in need. The job of rebuilding Mississippi and the impact of this disaster is something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
What was once a beautiful Mississippi beach town is nothing but rubble. Hurricane Katrina's high winds and massive storm surge leveled the city of Waveland and other towns up and down the coast.
"Maybe you've seen it on the news a little and it's like wow that's a lot of stuff that is messed up, but then you come here and it's like, oh my goodness it's everywhere, there is no place that's like, there's not a little green park that over here that is all pretty, it's all just total destruction," said Kayla Rouse, a Sunnydale student.
Experiencing this devastation first hand is giving the students from Sunnydale an experience that many people will never get and a new appreciation for life as they know.
Sunnydale Administrative Secretary, Ruth Troyer said, "It has already impacted them. As we drove through this territory it is unreal and they just can't stop looking out the window. It's like wow, it's just unbelievable."
All of the students really want to be on this trip. This was not a school requirement. Kayla and every one of her fellow students are volunteers.
"We care, it means a lot to us, that they are in trouble and we wanna be able to make a difference. The work these students are doing down here is building life experiences for them. I think they realize people are more important then things, and we also have to recognize that they see this as doing something for their neighbors," explained Vice-Principal, Erv Sunnydale.
They came down to Mississippi to build a shelter for those in need, but they'll leave with much more.
The students stayed in Waveland for a week and they just left Sunday. They accomplished incredible work on a shelter located right on the coast for those needing a place to go while Waveland is rebuilt.
We will have more about the shelter and what it took for those students to build their project on Tuesday on KOMU news at 6pm.