Ascension Parish received national spotlight last week when two area school teachers went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss the impact their school received during the Great Flood of 2016.
Galvez Middle School Principal Michelle Bourque and PE Teacher Betsey Baldwin flew to California and met with DeGeneres on her television show, which aired Sept. 9, last Thursday, where the two shared first hand experiences of the flood.
"Our school was flooded, we had two to three feet of water in the whole school," Baldwin said. "It was devastating and I thought of one person that would help us and it was you [Ellen]."
Galvez Middle School is comprised of 620 students grades sixth through eighth. Due to the damage the school sustained, all students had to relocate to Central Middle School in Gonzales.
"I really wanted my faculty and students to be on one campus," Bourque said. "I think as long as we are together that we will be fine."
"That is amazing," DeGeneres added. "This is kind of a rival school [Central Middle] and they took you in. Now you're all together and working together. That's the one thing that comes out of a disaster like this, you see the good in people."
Bourque and Baldwin were presented with a $125,000 check from image publishing service Shutterfly to help with recovery efforts at Galvez Middle School. Along with the donation from Shutterfly, Louisiana native Britney Spears donated $125,000 to provide an emergency relief vehicle to the American Red Cross to assist in relief efforts for flood victims.
"I think that our kids have been inspiring, they are truly awesome. It's been hard to deal with as a grown up and I don't know how I would have dealt with it as a middle school kid. We know this is bad, but we are still going to come to work, we are still going to teach you, we are still going to be the community that we were before," Baldwin added.