Hurricane Harvey and the ongoing flooding in Texas and Louisiana has hit close to home for several of us here at Edublogs. Our thoughts are with those still dealing with the aftermath of the storm and we feel deeply for the loss, pain, anxiety, and hardship the storm has caused.
If there is a bright side to it all, we are heartened by the acts of kindness, the selfless hard work, and the “all in it together” attitude we are witnessing. We couldn’t be more proud to see public school districts already enrolling evacuees (and making registering easier) into their schools, and that Houston ISD will be able to provide 3 free meals to all students for the rest of the school year.
The storms have impacted well over 1 million students in hundreds of school districts. For many students (and teachers), schools will be the only sense of normalcy and routine for quite a while. Educators and school systems will be taking on an even greater responsibility in the overall well-being of students. And they’ll be doing all of this while some schools themselves have taken on significant damage and may not be able to open for a lengthy amount of time as well. The impact is far too wide.
In hopes that it is helpful, even in some small way, we’ve compiled a list of links and resources for those affected and also those looking to provide support to those in need. Please leave a comment below if you know of anything we should add.
- The Best Ways To Help Victims Of Hurricane Harvey – Larry Ferlazzo
- Hurrican Harvey Relief Fund – Donors Choose
- Principals Helping Principals – Adopt A School Campaign
- 7 Ways to Help Schools Affected by Hurricane Harvey – We Are Teachers
- How Teachers Can Help With Hurricane Harvey Relief – Edweek
- How School Children Will Cope With Hurricane Harvey – The Atlantic
- Hurricane Harvey Book Club – Facebook Group
- Advice For Salvaging Wet Paper, Photos, and Materials – University of Texas
- Hurricane Harvey Resources And Disaster Relief Grant – Texas AFT Union
- Assistance to School Districts Hit by Hurricane Harvey – TCEA
- Hurricane Harvey Resources and Relief – National Education Association
The road to recovery and normalcy will be long for many. We’ll continue to look for ways to lend a hand wherever possible.