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New GCCISD Employee Flooded, But Feels At Home
 Frances Bushnell and son, Tre’ enjoy time together
Photo courtesy of Frances Bushnell.
Frances Bushnell and son, Tre’.

New GCCISD Employee Flooded, But Feels At Home 

By Beth Dombrowa

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A brand new employee of the district, Frances Bushnell hadn’t even received her first paycheck from Goose Creek CISD when Harvey flooded the Humble-area home she shared with her 5-year-old son, Tre’ with eight feet of water.

“We were sitting on the couch eating bacon and fish sticks – the most random combination ever – when the sheriff’s office knocked on the door and told us we needed to get out,” Bushnell said. “I was shocked. The streets weren’t even flooded yet.”

That was Monday, Aug. 28, at 11 a.m. By 4 p.m., Bushnell, who packed up minimal belongings, started getting texts that her neighborhood was under 4 feet of water and more was expected. Like so many affected by Harvey, Bushnell didn’t carry flood insurance.

Her son wanted to go home, and Bushnell didn’t know how to tell him that his toys and sports equipment were all gone.

“He kept saying, ‘I want to go home.’ How do you explain to a 5-year old that there isn’t a home anymore, at least not for right now?” she asked.

Bushnell and Tre’ were able to get to the Central Administration Building to pick up donated items, like cleaning supplies, toiletries and other immediate necessities. They are staying with her sister in Baytown, and Tre’ will begin school at Bonnie P. Hopper Primary School. He had already attended Meet the Teacher night at his school in Humble, so this will be a change, but Bushnell is grateful for the positive feedback she has heard about the school.

“That’s one worry I can take off my plate,” she said. “It’s a big weight lifted.”

Although she is new to GCCISD, Bushnell recognized the district’s family-like culture.

“It was so humbling to be greeted like we were, to hear that I needed to take care of family first. People I don’t even know yet treated me like family,” she said. “It’s comforting to have your job take you under their wing and tell you it’s going to be okay.”


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