Monday, September 12, 2005

hard to focus

I do not have my address book. And, Julie, I couldn't get to your web site.
I'm in PJ's at a wireless whatever, working on Dave's laptop. But I cannot think here. I guess the only thing to do is compose in the journal at home and type it in here.


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4:18 PM  
Blogger Nancy McKeand said...

Melanie, it is so good to hear your voice again. I know what you mean about not being able to focus, though. I can't seen to do it much no matter where I am these days.

Take care!

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Cassandra said...

No address book? I would love to hear from you and my email is attached.

I'm substitute teaching and my school district has kids from New Orleans, so you know I think about you daily. I frequently tell the kids I adopt for a day about how one of my favorite teachers is down in the New Orleans area and how she isn't sure her school made it. Kids jaws drop and the precious ones from down south give me this look that cannot be described in words. The only ones here who truly understand are those who have lived there...

I feel this strange connection to these precious students and I have even been asking around if they would have ever gone to Douglas. The kids I mentioned Douglas to, know the school, and their eyes tell me something. One thing I love doing though is talking to the local kids about the hurricane and what it feels like to evacuate - they sit and listen while I try and help them understand the new kids who are suddenly appearing in their schools.

I love being a substitute and I'm learning so much. Thank you for being one of my teachers!


4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Reuters) - New Orleans teachers will not get paid after Hurricane Katrina because there is no money left in the city's strapped school system, an official said on Wednesday.

The teachers got a paycheck for the last period before the storm hit, said Bill Roberti, a director with the restructuring firm of Alvarez & Marsal, which runs the school system.

"This is the last payroll we will be able to issue for the time being," Roberti said in a briefing. "We were not able to move forward with the $50 million financing we were pursuing to keep the district afloat. We are very low on cash at this time."

The 7,000-employee school system was in dire financial shape before Katrina hit.

A total of $13 million in payroll is available at Western Union branches across the country for teachers to pick up, Roberti said.

The state's schools superintendent said Tuesday he will ask Congress for $2.4 billion in aid for teacher benefits and salaries, and Alvarez & Marsal sent a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush as well, asking for help.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Clay said...


My sister, Tara, said that FEMA was providing lost wages. Since the state doesn't have the $ to pay, you may want to look into that.

If you think others need it more, you can always give it away (and I don't think you should) to someone less fortunate. I suspect your judgement is far better than FEMA's.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Clay said...

Oh, and if you need info on how to do that (apply for FEMA wage compensation), I can ask Tara for details.

8:13 PM  

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