Coast Guard Sails into Auxvasse
Most of Kelly Borman's students have never been to New Orleans, but their words and pictures have.
"When the hurricane was current news," she said, "it was really precious to watch these first graders feel compassion for the people and they really wanted to do more."
Some of the school's youngest students put pen and crayons to paper for Coast Guard members stationed in New Orleans.
"We saw all the pictures and the drawings," added the Coast Guard's Nick Alphonso. "They were funny, they kind of lifted things up."
Cards from children they didn't know from a place they never visited kept members strong.
"I don't want to say we couldn't have done it without it," said the Coast Guard's John Miller, "but, it was a great help."
Alphonso and Miller brought a plaque to Auxvasse Elementary School to remember the students' kindness.
"In first grade, we're really learning how to read and write," said Borman. "So, what a wonderful way to encourage that, reading and writing, by doing something real."
Coast Guard members spent the rest of Monday visiting with Auxvasse students, before returning to New Orleans in the next few days.