LRHS custodian Becky Coycotte receives donations after Hurricane Ian

Sara Cestero – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Hurricane Ian left a path of destruction that affected members of the community and LRHS staff.

LRHS custodian Becky Coycotte was one who suffered greatly after the hurricane.

While she and her family were physically fine and survived, her Myakka City home was significantly damaged by the storm.

Even though they boarded up the windows of their house and stayed indoors during the storm, they lost part of the roof, as well as the ceiling in the master bathroom and spare bathroom.

Coycotte lost power and running water for six days after Hurricane Ian. Her house is still in the process of being rebuilt.

Donations for her came from faculty, staff and students and were organized by LRHS anatomy teacher Kelly Smith-Williams. They were delivered to Coycotte on Friday, Oct. 7.

“LRHS came together like a family for those in need. I was very happy with how I was supported after the storm,” said Coycotte.

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Smith-Williams said, “It was an opportunity for the school to provide for people directly in need.”

She said Coycotte’s story provides a great example of how beneficial it is when a community comes together in times of crisis.