Waveland Teacher assistant helps with Hurricane Recovery
Melissa Naylor, a kindergarten teacher assistant at Waveland Elementary, and her family were part of a volunteer group who helped with hurricane recovery efforts in Mexico Beach., Fla.. The town took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. The Naylors are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Waveland. “Every time there is a natural disaster, the church always sends people to help,” Melissa said. She and her husband Herbie Naylor, a Bay-Waveland First Student bus driver, made the trip last weekend. Joining them were family friend Isabel McKay, a student at Bay High; First Student bus driver Mary Claverie; and Claverie’s niece, Trinity Dufrene, a student at Bay Middle School. There were checkpoints to enter into the area and strict guidelines to follow. The city clerk gave them a letter saying they were part of an elite team of civilians allowed into the hard hit area. The group wore bright yellow T shirts to identify them as volunteers. “Our team had a Bobcat and we mainly removed trees from houses,” she said. They also helped remove appliances and damaged flooring from houses. During the weekend trip, they stayed in tents at a campground with no showers or running water. “It was primitive,” Melissa said. Making the long roundtrip drive and helping out was a rewarding and enjoyable experience for them all, especially for the young volunteers. “The girls really enjoyed it,” she said.