This past winter students in Miss Hall and Miss Flynn's Spanish classes attended a presentation by Maria Delgado Sutton. She shared information about the status of people in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm that destroyed much of the island.
Several months after the hurricane Maria is still in touch with family and friends. She reported many people in remote areas are still without power, food, or clean water.
To help people in Puerto Rico, she started a grass roots effort called #pr1boxatatime. The mission is simple: one box at a time can make a difference in someone's life.
The group collects and packs boxes of non-perishable food items, flashlights, batteries, and personal care products. They mail the boxes of supplies along with notes of encouragement and sentiments to volunteers they know and trust. The volunteers then distribute the boxes to people in need.
The students were moved by the presentation and wanted to do something to help. They spearheaded a food drive in the middle and high schools.
Students collected enough food, toiletries and money to fill and ship 16 boxes! They also wrote encouraging letters in Spanish and added them to the boxes.
Students that helped pack boxes were Emily Mergler, Faith Bennett, Shakyeliz Luna, Arianna Tyler, April Summers, Loren Reid, Kylee Otero, Abigail Brown, Kara Hackenburg, and Tamara Edwards. Miss Flynn and Mrs. Hall organized the box packing event.
For more information on how you can help, visit the Facebook page Puerto Rico One Box At A Time or Instagram puertorico1box.
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