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ReaderGenre Build Background Access Content Extend LanguageNonfiction• Helping Others• Definitions• Verbs• NaturalDisasters• CaptionsScott Foresman Reading Street 5.2.3ISBN-13: 978-0-328-49736-2ISBN-10: 0-328-49736-39 0 0 0 09 780328 497362by Ernst Kelley

Gulf of MexicoHurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast.Hurricane Katrina destroyed homes and buildings.In August of 2005, a strong hurricane hit parts thesouthern United States. It raced across the Gulf ofMexico, getting bigger every hour. When the stormcame on land, there were huge waves, heavy rains,and powerful winds.Many people left the area before the storm hit.But many people were at home or at work when thehurricane reached land.The storm had a big impact on the city of NewOrleans, Louisiana. Ocean water flooded the streets.Winds blew off roofs and broke windows. Thehurricane destroyed homes and buildings. Manypeople were scared.Thousands of families moved to other states.Children had to go to school in new places.All around the world, people wanted to help thepeople of New Orleans. But what could children doto help?2impact: to have an effect on3

Kids in Chicago raise money for Katrina victims.Children made signs to raise money.There are many examples of how children helpedthe victims of Katrina. In Chicago, Illinois, a groupof children called “Kids Who Care” sold lemonade.They raised almost $2,000 in the two weekends afterKatrina.Two brothers in Massachusetts set up their ownlemonade stand. They sent the money they made tovictims of the hurricane.At schools all across the country, children helpedprepare food. They sent food and other supplies tothe people in New Orleans.In California, one six-year-old boy raised almost$14,000! He made a sign asking people to donateto the American Red Cross. The Red Cross gives foodand medical help to people.At one school in Florida, a group of children soldbeautiful necklaces. They used the money to helphurricane victims who were now going to theirschool. Many of these children had lost their homes.4victims: people who suffer from an accident, illness, orother bad eventsupplies: things that people need5

Children sent backpacks full of supplies to Katrina victims.Children and businesses donated toys.Three sisters in Maryland—ages 8, 11, and 14—started a group called “Project Backpack.” Thousandsof people sent backpacks to help hurricane victims.They called them “backpacks filled with love.”Children wrote cards and letters. They drew pictures.They sent things they liked, such as toys and books.They sent school supplies. In one month, they sent25,000 backpacks!How old do you have to be to help? KJ Lewis fromNebraska was just five years old. He learned aboutKatrina and felt bad that so many children had losttheir toys. He decided to send some of his own toysto the victims.Then other people and stores in Nebraskadonated toys, too. They collected 2,000 pounds oftoys. A business paid for KJ and his mother to visitthe children. KJ got to see them open their presents.6donated: gave something for a good cause7

Talk About It1. How did Hurricane Katrina change the lives ofpeople in New Orleans? Name three things thatchanged.2. What did children do to help the Katrina victims?Name three things.Write About It3. How do you think children who were victims ofHurricane Katrina felt when they got presentsfrom other children?Kids can make a difference.Extend LanguageMake a list of the verbs in this story that describethings the hurricane did, such as hit.KJ brought a bicycle to one girl. The familyexpressed their gratitude to KJ.“Well, it probably would be a bit different for alot of people without the kindness and giving fromKJ,” said Byron Ottis, Sr.How did KJ feel when he gave presents tothe kids?“It was just awesome!” he said.PhotographsEvery effort has been made to secure permission and provide appropriate credit for photographic material. Thepublisher deeply regrets any omission and pledges to correct errors called to its attention in subsequent editions.8Cover ©Lisa Romerein/Riser/Getty Images; 1 ©Nam Y. Huh/AP Images; 2 NOAA;3 ©Dave Martin/AP Images; 4 ©Nam Y. Huh/AP Images; 5 ©SJournal-Courier/ClaytonStalter/The Image Works, Inc.; 7 ©KJ’s Carts for Kids; 8 ©Bill Kalina/The York Dispatch/AP Images.

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