Chapter Established: 2013-14
South Lafourche High School is located in Cut Off, Louisiana. The school sits directly across from one of South Louisiana’s intricate waterways, Bayou Lafourche. With approximately 1,200 students, from 9th-12th grade, South Lafourche high schoolers are mindful of the rich French tradition within their community and are motivated by the motto, “Tant Que Je Peux – All that I can.”
LafourcheDuring the 2013-14 academic year, 13 South Lafourche SHOREliners surveyed members of the community to assess their needs during times of disaster. The students, supported by teacher-sponsor Ms. Lilah Landry, determined that there are many community members who are unable to obtain the supplies or services they need before and after a disaster. The elderly, persons with disabilities, and single parents were especially likely to express a need for preparedness assistance. In response, the South Lafourche SHOREline students created Teens Encouraging Awareness, or T.E.A. This youth action network distributes disaster preparedness kits within their community while building a network of volunteers to provide vital services during times of disaster. (i.e., childcare, debris cleanup, etc.).
The South LaFourche chapter returns to the SHOREline network for the 2014-2015 school year as an intra-curricular program – facilitated by Ms. Maggie Bruce. Ms. Bruce is an alum of SLHS herself, and brings a deep sense of history to the chapter, which is sure to help shape this year’s project activities.
For the 2014-2015 school year, the South LaFourche team has begun focusing on the chronic stressors that have resulted from past Gulf Coast disasters. The team will continue to develop their youth action network, T.E.A., by further assessing the pre and post disaster needs of their community and search for ways to export their program into other disaster prone areas.
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