Rural School Registry Connects Hurricane Victims with Help
The Rural School and Community Trust is trying to help rural teachers, students, and families hurt by the Gulf Coast hurricanes – nearly 200,000 students that attend 400-plus rural schools.
At www.ruraltorural.org you can identify rural schools, learn about their losses and needs, and then respond. Rural areas hit by hurricanes Katrina and Rita have been largely invisible through the national media.
More than two weeks after Rita hit rural Texas, 100,000 children were still unable to attend schools. In rural Mississippi and Louisiana, several schools are operating with tarpaulin roofs and no textbooks, teaching supplies, or computers.
The Trust site provides these services: if your school or district has supplies, surplus furniture, or other items you can donate, you can directly contact a school in this registry and make an in-kind donation; your school or community club, church, or civic organization can hold fund raisers, and direct your donation with a letter to a specific school. And you, personally, can make a credit card donation online and direct it to a specific school, or if you prefer, tell them to send it where it is needed most.
Schools in Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas that want to be added to the registry should call 919.220.8004 or email Page.McCullough@ruraledu.org.
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