Louisiana-based eLearning Academy will offer online courses free to victims of last month's flooding across the state.
'One of our centers in Denham Springs had four feet of water, so we knew that (education services) would make an impact for those families,' said Douglas Toups, eLearning's co-owner.
eLearning has locations in Thibodaux, Houma, Baton Rouge, Bayou Blue, Morgan City, Denham Springs and an affiliate learning center in Broussard.
Toups' wife Nancy, in collaboration with Beth Marcello and Celeste Robichaux, started the academy 16 years ago with the hopes of using innovative methods to deliver education.
After learning about recent flooding in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas, the couple were inspired to do something because they knew what it was like for displaced families after Hurricane Katrina.
'All of a sudden, you're going to a different school with a different teacher, different classwork,' Toups said. 'We wanted to give them something to work with. This is just to give them a bridge for when they get back to normalcy.'
The academy will offer free access to courses through Dec. 31.