LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ken Biggs was taking his second delivery to flood victims in eastern Kentucky on Tuesday.
On his first trip, he delivered supplies donated by a church in Louisville. But this time, it involved Kentucky’s two largest school districts.
What You Need To Know
- Jefferson County Public Schools and Fayette County Public Schools donated school furniture to Hindman Elementary
- Floodwaters damaged almost everything in the school in Knott County
- Mister P’s Express donated a truck to deliver the joint donation
- Students in the district will return to school on Sept. 19
“Really, when they say there’s no words, there really is no words,” Biggs said. “I seen houses just moved off of foundations, cars turned upside down.”
This time the Mister P’s Express driver was taking donated school furniture from the state’s two largest school districts, Jefferson County Public Schools and Fayette County Public Schools, to Hindman Elementary School.
The Knott County school lost almost everything to floodwaters. JCPS and FCPS hope the donation will help get the school building ready for students’ return.
“The teachers are ready to go back to school. The kids are ready to go back to school but these buildings are not ready to have students in them in eastern Kentucky,” said Mark Hebert, JCPS’s communications manager. “They’ve been flooded out and so you have to have everything else to go with it. You have to have the infrastructure, the electricity and you’ve got to have furniture to put in the classrooms for the teachers and for the students and for the administrators.”
The dozens of donated items include bookcases, cafeteria tables and desks.
“We’re doing our little bit our share to make this a little bit better place and to provide this furniture for these students so that they can get back in their classroom,” Hebert added.
Mister P’s Express donated this truck to pick up the joint donation and deliver it to eastern Kentucky.
For Biggs, being part of the collaboration gives his job a new meaning.
“I’m just a regular guy but I think that’s what it takes, just regular people doing things working together and I’m really proud of my company to be a part of that,” said Biggs.
They are pulling together to deliver hope to those experiencing a hard time.
Knott County Schools students are scheduled to return to school on Sept. 19.
Crews will work to restore schools at night after school resumes until campuses are completely restored.