The devastation to the panhandle of Florida is catastrophic as Hurricane Michael has caused extensive destruction to the northeastern Gulf Coast, reducing structures to rubble and destroying entire communities. Much of the coast of the Florida Panhandle, including Panama City and Mexico Beach, near where the hurricane made landfall, was left in ruins by the storm.
Once again, the National Education Association and its members stand ready to help.
“In the spirit of solidarity and compassion, NEA is asking its members and the public, as we did last year after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and just last month after Hurricane Florence, to help educators and schools affected by Hurricane Michael. Communities in North and South Carolina are still picking up the pieces from Hurricane Florence,” says NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. Read more
Orange teachers Pamela Galatioto, Jo-Anne Escandon, and Janet Greenspan pose with some of the many gifts Orange teachers, students, and families donated this holiday season.
Thanks to the generosity of Orange teachers and students and their families, children who might not have received any gifts this holiday season will now have a brighter holiday.
Members of the student council at Race Brook School recently gathered gifts donated by the entire school community and helped CEA Vice President Jeff Leake load them into a van. Leake also serves at the president of the Connecticut Education Foundation that sponsors the state-wide Holiday Bear project, which links CEA members, students and their families, community members, and businesses with needy public school students.
The annual Holiday Bear project has benefited more than 10,000 Connecticut public school students since it began in 1998.
Watch what Orange students and teachers have to say about being involved with the Holiday Bear project.
Social studies teacher Lil Diachenko and her Avon seventh-graders loaded up a U-Haul today with gift donations for the Holiday Bear Project.
When Holiday Bear season comes to Avon “there’s real excitement in the air,” says social studies teacher Lil Diachenko.
Diachenko and her seventh-graders today filled up a whole U-Haul truck with gift donations from across the Avon Public Schools. Homeroom teachers, student clubs, educators, and families work together every year to purchase, compile and wrap presents for students around Connecticut who otherwise might not receive any gifts this season. Read more