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Want to help Baton Rouge flood victims? Bluffton Elementary knows how

A volunteer in Walker, La., loads a shopping bag full of donated groceries at a church-turned shelter on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, for those displaced by last week’s historic flooding.
A volunteer in Walker, La., loads a shopping bag full of donated groceries at a church-turned shelter on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, for those displaced by last week’s historic flooding. AP

Bluffton Elementary School is collecting school supplies, uniforms and money for a severely flood-affected elementary school in Baton Rouge.

Bluffton Elementary is holding the drive for Twin Oaks Elementary in Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge School District, which was hit hard by the catastrophic flooding that left thousands of homes and businesses underwater this month.

Six schools in that system were so flooded they will remain closed and their students will be relocated, according to Baton Rouge newspaper The Advocate. The system originally thought Twin Oaks elementary was too damaged as well, but a round-the-clock cleanup made it possible for teachers to return today and students will return Wednesday, the paper reported.

Still, the school had a high percentage of impoverished students, and many students, teachers and staff have now lost homes in the floods, Bluffton Elementary Principal Christine Brown said Monday.

The partnership arose after Brown spoke with a former Bluffton teacher who now lives in the Baton Route area. She helped connect Brown to the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System, which paired Bluffton with Twin Oaks.

Between Monday and Aug. 31, Bluffton Elementary is accepting donations of burgundy tops and navy blue bottoms, school supplies and cash or checks made out to Bluffton Elementary for Twin Oaks. All donations should be brought to the school at 160 H. E. McCracken Circle.

Rebecca Lurye: 843-706-8155, @IPBG_Rebecca

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