Community service took on a whole new meaning Thursday morning as members of New Iberia Senior High athletic programs, clubs and band all pitched in to fill and distribute sand bags and three different locales in anticipation of severe weather that is expected with the landfall of Tropical Storm Barry that is expected sometime Saturday.

According to NISH principal Curt Landry, about 50 students showed up and helped fill bags at Bel Air fire station, Rynella and Lydia from 8 a.m. til Noon.

“I’m all about service,” Landry said. “Our students go out into the community and ask for donations and ask them for help with poboy sales and fish frys and the community always comes through to support them.

“This is our way of giving back to the community and helping out those that needed sand bags but couldn’t come out and fill the bags themselves.”

According to Landry, Iberia Parish Councilman Ricky Gonsoulin was able to secure two dump trucks worth of sand and the students proceded to fill about 1,500 sand bags for use Thursday morning.

“I sent out a group text to everyone from athletics to clubs to bands and this is the turnout that we had,” Landry said. “I can’t say enough how proud I am that they did this for the community.”

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