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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.

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