Flood relief efforts for Ascension Public Schools received a significant boost from BASF with a $115,000 donation. BASF Senior Vice President Tom Yura and Southeast Regional communications hub manager Jolen Stein presented a check at a special meeting of the Ascension Parish School Board, held Sept. 13.

“Ascension Public Schools are vital to the foundation and future success of our community,” said Tom Yura, BASF senior vice president and Geismar site manager. “As part of our company’s flood relief efforts for the region, BASF’s donation comes with our continued commitment to work side-by-side with the school system to ensure strong support of local students.”

Five of Ascension's 27 schools are closed due to impacts from flooding: Galvez Middle, Galvez Primary, Lake Elementary, St. Amant Primary and St. Amant High. The 5,000 students attending those schools are temporarily located at other campuses in the district.

"An integral part of our recovery is due to the tremendous support Ascension Public Schools has received from community and business partners. We are very thankful to BASF for this generous donation that will aid in our efforts to get back into our schools as quickly as possible," said superintendent David Alexander.

A Flood Recovery Fund for Ascension Public Schools has been established by the non-profit partner, The Ascension Fund, to help impacted schools recover from the 2016 flood. Those wishing to contribute monetary donations to assist the school district, can donate online at https://mkt.com/the-ascension-fund.