Supporting students and teachers impacted by Harvey and Irma

Supporting students and teachers impacted by Harvey and Irma

Updated September 12, 2017, to include support options for Hurricane Irma.

The first weeks back in the classroom set the tone for the rest of the school year. But for students in southeastern Texas and Florida, the back-to-school season has been disrupted by the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. While the flood waters are beginning to recede, educators are only beginning to understand the storm’s effect on classrooms, supplies, and student lives.

Please join us at Newsela in donating to DonorsChoose.org, where donation pages have been set up to collect donations for the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund and the Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund. Donations will be directed to projects at schools impacted by the storm—whether those projects are posted right away or in the weeks to come. We’re teaming up with our friends at Khan Academy, Quizlet, Remind, Seesaw, and Socratic to spread the word about this fund on our platforms and our social media so you, our community of fellow educators, can help students and teachers in the area.

Your students have undoubtedly been hearing about these storms, too (we have continued coverage on both Harvey and Irma on Newsela). Beyond donations, another way to help is to have a conversation in your classroom about the importance of generosity, kindness, and giving back. Often it’s challenging for students to understand how events like these relate to their lives. Use the articles in this Text Set as a resource to illustrate examples of young people using their time and creativity to make a difference in their communities, near and far. From there, have your students brainstorm things they could do to make a difference for the people who have been displaced by the storms.

Whether you’re in a community dealing with the uncertain aftermath of this natural disaster or you’re far from it, we wish you and your students a successful and fulfilling school year where challenges are met and overcome with perseverance, unity, and creativity.

Visit https://www.donorschoose.org/hurricane-harvey and https://www.donorschoose.org/hurricane-irma to donate to the recovery funds, and join us in spreading the word.

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