Secretary-Treasurer Philippe Abraham recently joined a delegation of AFT executive council members to visit a public school in San Juan and listen to students and teachers talk about the challenges they are still dealing with after Hurricane Maria.
Council members also created "care closets" with basic-need items for 14 schools — made possible in part by your contributions to NYSUT's Disaster Relief Fund. The fund provided $10,000 for First Book in the Virgin Islands, $10,000 for the Puerto Rico TA to fund grants to members, and $30,000 for Operation Agua in PR and VI.
Abraham said many people are still without electricity and water, and lack “even the most basic hygiene products, underwear, socks, T-shirts or books.”
Here’s a video from the trip.