LIVINGSTON – Livingston Parish public schools have received more than $100,000 in donations, grants and gifts this week to help teachers, staff and student with flood recover efforts.
Singer Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the district, said School Superintendent Rick Wentzel at Thursday’s School Board meeting.
At the same time, the district also received on Thursday a $42,000 check from the St. Tammany Parish school system, along with $8,450 in gift cards and 30 pallets of student and teacher supplies.
“We are most appreciative of these very generous gifts,” Wentzel said.
“As our faculty, staff and students work to recover from the devastating flooding, we are encouraged to know that others are aware of our struggles and they want to help.”
“I know that many in our community are big fans of Taylor Swift’s music. I’m certain this contribution will win over more fans for her – and not just for her music, but for her kindness,” Wentzel said.
“I also know that our neighbors in St. Tammany Parish have always supported our efforts in Livingston, and their gift will help us in our recovery efforts,” he said.
Wentzel thanked St. Tammany Parish School Superintendent Trey Folse and said it was “extremely humbling” to receive the donations.