Hurricane Irma will prove to be one of the most catastrophic natural events to occur in our country, and watching news coverage provided me the opportunity to recall my high school days in St. Petersburg, Florida.
As a graduate of Northeast High School, a school primarily attended by middle- to low-income students, it occurs to me that this disaster provides a wonderful teaching tool for La Crosse students.
Students in Florida will be in need of replacement clothing in the near future. Our kids will soon be packing or giving away their summer clothing, which could be collected and donated to these students in need.
A clothing drive would teach our children many practical, social and perhaps spiritual lessons that they are likely to remember and repeat for a lifetime. My hope is that a staff member of each of our schools could organize such a drive, to benefit the students of La Crosse and St. Petersburg respectively.
Mary Beyer, La Crosse