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Dr. Smyther Fallen, left, of the National Red Cross, and Dr. Levon LeBan, right, of Disaster Spiritual Care ARC/Louisiana Region, present Winbourne Elementary School Principal Brenda Wilkerson with a check from Lake Forest Charter School.


A New Orleans school that received an outpouring of support after its campus was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina has raised money for a Baton Rouge school affected by August flooding.

Winbourne Elementary received $1,625 from Lake Forest Charter School, which raised the money through a drive coordinated by its parent-teacher organization. Lake Forest worked with the Red Cross and the NAACP to find a school in need and chose Winbourne, wanting to “pay it forward," a news release said.

“We know what it’s like to lose your campus and security after a devastating flood,” said Mardele Early, founding CEO of Lake Forest. “We want Winbourne Elementary to know that they are not alone and they can get through this. Lake Forest takes great pride in helping others in need and we will never forget how others helped us.”