As the images and stories of the devastation caused by Hurricane Doran continue to emerge, many schools, families, staff and students are asking what they can do to help. The School District of Palm Beach County stands ready to help and has launched the district-wide campaign “PBCSD Reading, Writing and Relief” to raise money for those in need.
Together with its philanthropic partner the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, the district has set the goal of raising $100,000 in two weeks. Once the collection drive ends, the Education Foundation will route all funds raised to the American Red Cross, which currently has more than 200 volunteers in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama. The funds will be designated for Hurricane Dorian relief.
Staff, families and schools are encouraged to join the campaign as a way to provide an effective and meaningful way to ensure that every donation goes directly to assisting those suffering from the effects of the catastrophic storm.
Donations can be made at schools marked for Hurricane Dorian Relief or online through www.gofundme.com/pbcsd-reading-writing-relief.
PBCSD Reading, Writing and Relief runs through Friday, Sept. 20, and the final tally will be announced during the school board’s meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
“It’s heartbreaking to see the devastation. Our hearts go out to the Bahamian people who have lost everything but hope,” Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II said. “One of the greatest lessons we can teach our students is empathy. Through this donation drive, children will feel empowered by their giving.”