Fifth grader Kaitlyn Schrock has learned a lot of social studies lessons at North Bay Haven Charter Academy, but one about the catastrophic flooding in Southeast Louisiana this August really touched her heart.
"A lot of families lost all their stuff, and everyone was just, they had to leave and leave their home and everything behind them," Schrock said.
Among the thousands of people having to rebuild their lives, Kaitlyn's teacher talked a lot about their paraprofessional Natalia Harris' family. Her sister and family left their flooded home with just a few things and the clothes they were wearing.
"It was pretty devastating, especially in those first few days when it was so frightening, shortage of food and water. They were fine, but when you can't find that light at the end of the tunnel, that's tough," Harris said.
What Kaitlyn did after the lesson provided a little hope for the family. She brought clothes, books, and other things for Harris to send to Louisiana.
"Some people out there need help, and I have all these clothes sitting here, and I can just send these clothes and help them," Schrock said.
"For her to think about somebody she didn't even know who is several states away, someone she doesn't know, to have that kind of kindness in your heart is such a special, special thing." Harris added.
It was a selfless act by a caring student, and that's a "Big Deal."
Each week, News 13 partners with Sonny's Barbecue and Bay District Schools to present the "It's a Big Deal Student's Care" award. Students are nominated by their teachers each week and the new winner is announced every Monday on News 13 Live at Five.
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