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The Center for Rural Affairs, a private, non-profit organization, is working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities. Permission to reprint items from this web log is hereby granted, on the condition that clear credit is given to the original source of the material. If the blog provides information for a story, please let us know by sending an email to

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Rural School Registry Connects Hurricane Victims With Help

- from our friends at the University of Kentucky's Rural Blog

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 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

for more information post a question or comment here or
contact John Crabtree,

Center for Rural Affairs
Values. Worth. Action.


  • At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    check out the report - Why Rural Matters - it can be found at the website.

  • At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just realized how much my previous post looked and sounded like Blog Spam - but I really do recommend talking a look at the report entitled Why Rural Matters.

    You can find the report at the site referenced in the Center's post -

  • At 11:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So now the Nebraska Supreme Court says that the state can go ahead and start closing Class I schools, and the state committee charged with doing so can hardly wait. Even though the small schools won in court the state and going to move forward with closing schools. And when we vote, will it all be for nothing?


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