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NEA President: Community schools can help heal in wake of Hurricane Matthew

Eskelsen García: Educators are rolling up sleeves to help with healing and recovery

WASHINGTON - October 14, 2016 -

National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement regarding Hurricane Matthew and its impact on students, schools and communities:

“The tumult of the past few days is weighing heavily on those affected by the deadly and devastating Hurricane Matthew. As the waters from the storm recede, they will leave a new, daunting way of life for educators, students and families. In addition to seeing their homes, schools and communities destroyed, many residents witnessed unspeakable events.

“Rebuilding lives and communities is going to take time. But we know for a fact that people are resilient, and many times over the course of similar natural disasters, they have drawn strength from their school communities to recover and go on with their lives.

“Over the next few weeks, educators and their families across the country will continue to roll up their sleeves and help communities affected by the storm with monetary donations and other resources, and good will.

“Having a strong school community come together for students and families is paramount to returning to the new normal. The three million members of the National Education Association, as well as our state affiliates directly in the path of the storm, stand ready to help communities affected by Hurricane Matthew. NEA will provide further information in the days to come about how people can help with the recovery efforts.”

Resources for Teaching and Learning about Hurricane Season
June 1 to November 30 is hurricane season. With the following lessons, activities, and multimedia resources, learn how hurricanes form, how hurricanes are tracked, and how hurricane size and intensity are affected by climate change.

Learn how communities affected by natural disasters have coped and recovered. Click on this link.

A retired middle school teacher put together these lessons and activities to help students understand the power of hurricanes.

A community uses art to come together and heal following a natural disaster.

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