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George Cox Elementary

Name: Kristin Mann
Age: 25
Home: New Orleans, LA
Occupation: Teacher

“It was really interesting because all these people were in this hotel. It was all different kinds of people and everybody was just really friendly and like, 'oh, what did you hear?' or 'I heard this'.“




Name: Sheryl Bushnell
Age: 52
Home: Harvey, LA
Occupation: Principal's Secretary

“Of course when we came back to school we didn't have all of our students that we had previously, before Katrina. We got an influx of kids from Orleans Parish, they came, and it's been really great to see the kids“




Name: Verna Thompson
Age: 56
Home: Harvey, LA
Occupation: Custodian

“The bus driver had made everybody on the bus mad because he wanted to call us refugees. So the boy said, 'we ain't so and so refugees.“




Name: Ruby Simmons
Age: 56
Home: Harvey, LA
Occupation: Custodian

“My husband, he's a talker, so everybody in Memphis that we met knew that we were sleeping in a car and nobody said anything. Nobody helped“




Name: Meg Lally
Age: 22
Home: New Orleans, LA
Occupation: Teacher

“I have a really larger class. I've got 29 [students] right now. Umm...it's just very crammed in there right now. Also, the experience of students who are traumatized and/or at a new school...they don't really know the way it goes.“




Name: Maeci Wang
Age: 25
Home: New Orleans, LA
Occupation: Teacher

“I wouldn't say complete chaos. I'd say like organized chaos, sort of. They were trying to be organized but at the same time people were starting to panic“




Name: Linda LaPrairie
Age: 64
Home: New Orleans, LA
Occupation: Teacher

“No one knows exactly if this is it...they've changed...we've had three so called official new schedules for the year. Then you hear, no they're taking away that day and you don't know how to plan for your holidays“




Name: Haley Richard
Age: 26
Home: New Orleans, LA
Occupation: Teacher

“The way they made it sound was like everything was completely and totally gone. And I guess it was to a...in some places it was, but it wasn't everywhere...you just wanted to get back for yourself to see things because you would hear something from one person and then hear something from somebody else that was complete opposite.“




Name: Debra Carter
Age: 49
Home: Marrero, LA
Occupation: Plant Manager

“I say well look baby, your momma die today or tomorrow, I'm not afraid to die. We all going to die one day. Ain't nothing promised to us here in life.“




Name: Christine Lucianek
Age: 23
Home: New Orleans, LA
Occupation: Teacher

“So many people did not understand how people could not have gotten out. And it wasn't even about not being able to get out in time. It's just like, you don't have the means. If you don't have a car, what are you going to do?“




Name: Sara Demut
Age: 24
Home: New Orleans, LA
Occupation: Teacher

“Its hard with second graders because you don't want to ask them too may questions. You don't want them to feel like you're probing“




Name: Dr. Scott Steckler
Age: 58
Home: Gretna
Occupation: Principal, George Cox Elementary

“The Problem with schools is not so much the racial segregation, it's the economic segregation. It's the whole idea of the fences around the subdivision.“




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The I-10 Witness continues to interview New Orleans residents about their storm related experiences. In conjunction with Xavier University's Department of Communications, we recently completed several rounds of interviews at St. Dominic's Church in Lakeview, Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans East and the Uptown Shepard's Center. This week we will also continue to collect stories in Gert Town. Last month, we we're proud to collaborate with Mourning Line Productions and the 78th Street Theater in Manhattan, NY for our first public installation of these narratives. The show was seen by several New Yorkers who continue to visit our website. It is our hope that these types of events can keep this story alive in the hearts and minds of people throughout this country. As always, if you or anyone you know is interested in recording their story or helping to gather stories please contact us through the site as we would be happy to meet with you at your convenience.