Faith Academy opens with storm damage
GONZALES - Hurricane Isaac ruined parts of Faith Academy in Gonzales. And now, the school's rushing to rebuild with classes starting Tuesday.
Isaac blew the roof off the school when it passed through the area, exposing about 8,000 to 10,000 square feet of the building to the wind and rain. The result looks like a demolition project: the walls had to be stripped and the carpets are gone. The school's library was also a total loss.
"We had, I don't know how many tens of thousands of books here, we had them all over this room, years and years of collections here," said Superintendent Mark Pellegrin.
But the Faith Academy family hasn't gone it alone.
"We had area organization, community churches, families, our staff, their families. People just coming from everywhere to help us," Pellegrino said.
Even former students like Taylor Bruno stopped in to help rip up carpet.
"When they had the problem over here I decided the only right thing to do was to come over here and help," Bruno said.
School leaders have converted space in their youth and cafeteria buildings to use as classrooms until repairs are done, but will need supplies and books. If you would like to donate you can call Principal Carol Van at (225) 644-3110.