I went to the school today to take pictures after hurricane Dean. I decided to photograph San Mateo first which is the area beside the school where many of the students live.
One one hand I was glad that I knew ahead of time the houses there were ok, on the other hand it made me sad to see the high water levels and imagine what it was like during the storm.
As I approached the bridge to make the loop around the area, I could not bring myself to cross it. That was a first for me, some of you reading this will know what that particular experience is like and after the storm the boards at the end seemed a bit more precarious than usual, although the 2 girls in my picture below had no second thoughts about it.
There has been much controversy over this neighbourhood. I feel it is important for people to see pictures so that we can generate awareness and be able to help the people living in San Mateo have a better neighbourhood. Holy Cross school is helping their kids get a good education and proper nutrition, and would like to see all the families in that area doing well.
The school survived Hurricane Dean, Miss Linda showed me a picture of the school with a big lake in front of it, thankfully the water has gone down. The classrooms are ok and there was no leaks or water damage. Some landfill was lost and 1/2 of a septic system that was to be installed in the Office.
The Hurricane did set everything back a week for construction and now it a bit of a race to get everything finished for Sept 11th the first day of school. Holy Cross is looking for any volunteers that would like to varnish desks and help prepare classrooms for the new school year.
For the next 3 days Miss Dianne from Quick Messenger Service is doing a communications work shop for the teachers at the school.
This School year is going to be busier and better than ever.
Happy boy riding his bike
Girls crossing the bridge
Yards are very wet
No basket ball for a while - we hope to get a playgroud done at the school
A boy and his bike
San Mateo Sidewalk
San Mateo suffered a lot of water after Hurricane Dean
Too much water
Destiny still has an uphill climb health wise
Yards are not supposed to be wetlands
Houses are still standing
Dock and boat
Too much water
This is supposed to be the official entry way from San Mateo to the school
This sink hole needs to be filled to help improve living conditions in San Mateo
Sinkhole is estimated 20 ft deep
San Mateo sidewalk
Road through San Mateo
Boarded up for Hurricane Dean
These folks need help
yards are too wet
Boats by the bridge
New addition to the cafeteria - screened in porch to handle additional students for lunch
Registration time with Miss Linda
Inside new addition to cafateria
Hallway to new classrooms
Inside new classes
Sept 11 is coming fast Holy Cross needs volunteers to help get things ready
The school is growing so fast
Still boarded up