Lend a Hand: Al Roker delivers propagandize reserve to students in Puerto Rico
November 23, 2017 - School Supplies
Many of Puerto Rico’s 345,000 students have been anticipating for some form of lapse to normalcy as a island continues a strenuous liberation from a drop of Hurricane Maria.
“They are aggrieved since many of a students mislaid everything,” Alma Santiago, a clergyman during Su Demetrio Rivera School in Corozal, told TODAY Wednesday.
Of a 1,100 open schools in a U.S. territory, 70 were too shop-worn to reopen, while 190 have been portion as village centers and 100 others have been behaving as shelters for families who mislaid their homes in a Category 4 hurricane.
To assistance give students a lift as their communities rebuild, Al Roker headed to Puerto Rico on Wednesday as partial of TODAY’s “Lend a Hand” series in that he is visiting communities operative to redeem in a arise of harmful hurricanes. His outing came a day after he helped surprise needy families in a Houston area with much-needed reserve in a issue of Hurricane Harvey.
At Su Demetrio Rivera School, teachers continue to come to work each day, some pushing some-more than an hour, to ready lessons notwithstanding not meaningful when classes will strictly resume. The infancy of a island is still though energy dual months after a storm.
“Electricity would help, though a suggestion compensates for anything that competence be lacking,” Julia Keleher, Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Education, pronounced on TODAY.
Miguel Luna, a principal of Dra. Antonia Saez School in San Juan, had to immigrate his students to adjacent Martin Garcia Guisti center propagandize in Toa Baja after a whirly blew a roof off his school.
“I’m feeling so happy to have all my students back, and we’re looking to a improved future,” Luna told Al on TODAY.
Many of his students were vital next a misery line before a charge hit.
“Many of them come to propagandize (and) they don’t have zero to eat,” Luna said. “We are here for a students since they are a reason for us to be here.”
Al teamed with Sheldon Yellen, a CEO of Belfor Property Restoration, a world’s largest disaster replacement company, to assistance a students get behind on their feet by stuffing a Belfor craft with propagandize supplies.
Walmart, Staples, and Duracell assimilated with Belfor to make a concession of 35,000 pounds of propagandize reserve like furniture, backpacks, notebooks and batteries that were delivered to Martin Garcia Guisti center propagandize on Wednesday. Students were welcomed to come take what they need from a lorry installed with supplies.
Yellen also presented Keleher with a check for $100,000 to assistance liberation efforts.
“I wish we to know that we’re here, and we’re not withdrawal until we got we good on your way,” Yellen told Keleher.
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