TANGIPAHOA PARISH, La., (KWTX) A truckload of school supplies donated by Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey, with the help of friends and local businesses, has arrived in the flood-stricken Louisiana parish in which Mulkey grew up.
The $35,000 worth of supplies, which were loaded into a truck at around 7:30 a.m. Friday at the H-E-B store on South Valley Mills Drive in Waco, will go to children in Tangipahoa Parish, 45 minutes east of hard-hit Baton Rouge.
The historic floods earlier this month left thousands of homes damaged in the parish, which was hit by heavy flooding in March, as well.
Mulkey reached out to H-E-B to figure out how to deliver the supplies that she and her friends donated to schools in the parish, and H-E-B pitched in as well, contributing food and other supplies.
Classes were to have started on Aug. 11 in the Tangipahoa Parish School District, but the start of the new school year was delayed until Wednesday because of the flooding.
Pre-K and kindergarten students will begin school Wednesday and Thursday.
Mulkey was reared north of Hammond in Tickfaw, where a street is named in her honor, and attended schools in Hammond
She led the Hammond High School basketball team to four straight state championships and ended her career with a then national record 4,075 points.
Her son Kramer Robertson, a Midway High school graduate, is an All-America shortstop at LSU in Baton Rouge and has been on the front lines of the cleanup effort in the flood ravaged area.