Parker Elementary principle leading by example

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - School may be back in session, but for many students affected by Hurricane Michael they are returning without clothing, food and even homes.

As a result, Parker elementary school held a clothing and food drive today for its students and their families affected by Hurricane Michael. With the help of district leaders, Principal Christopher Coan facilitated the drive that provided much needed essentials to over 75 families.

But for Principal Coan leadership means leading by example. "And even there's times that myself if I feel that I have the ability to give we're gonna give or if someone needs help transporting I have an SUV that I'm not afraid to pack up or help move," he added.

One of those families was Jessica Newman's- a mother who has three children at Parker Elementary.

Newman said, "Well, Principal Coan actually went out of his way, went and got beds for the kids, also brought them all the way out to fountain where we reside and also gave us a $100 gift card out of his own pocket to get groceries."

Principal Coan says they're going to make their new normal the best new normal, it all starts with being kind to one another.