Hurricane Harvey Recovery: Helping Education
The Coastal Bend continues to recover! Several schools were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Students have had to temporarily relocate to different school districts in the surrounding areas. The school districts are working diligently to reopen as soon as possible! You can help these institutions through various donation opportunities.
Port Aransas Independent School District (PAISD) may not have the space for school supplies or other physical donations. To help PAISD, please visit Port Aransas ISD. The district has set up a PayPal account. All the donations received will go directly to PAISD. Some schools are hoping to re-open in mid-October, as well!
The Port Aransas Education Foundation (PAEF) continuously accepts general and endowment donations. They have also created a PayPal account. All the donations contributed to the PAEF directly benefit the teachers and campuses within Port Aransas through grants. You can find more information and contribute by visiting Port Aransas Education Foundation.
Aransas Pass Independent School District (APISD) is in the process of rebuilding their schools. To help the teachers, staff, students, and parents replace their school supplies and other necessities, APISD has set up a GoFundMe account. APISD also does not have the ability to store donated items, at this time. You can contribute to these recovery efforts by visiting Aransass Pass ISD Harvey Demaged Schools.
Flour Bluff Independent School District (FBISD) is accepting donations. Contact Kim Sneed at 361-694-9713 to inquire about needed items. The Seashore Learning Center and Seashore Middle Academy is also accepting donations. Contact Colleen McIntyre at 361-654-1134 for further information.
In the Corpus Christi ISD area and Coastal Bend area, the Education Service Center (Region 2) has set up a PayPal account to help schools with their recovery efforts. All the funds raised will go directly to the recovery of the affected schools in Region 2 (including all schools within Nueces County). This link can be found by visiting Education Service Center (Region 2) Hurricane Harvey.
The areas of the Coastal Bend that were not as heavily impacted continue to show support for their peers and colleagues. Corpus Christi Independent School District, Flour Bluff Independent School District, London Independent School District, Tuloso Midway Independent School District, and Calallen Independent School District continue to accept displaced students. These varying schools are also able to help their new students transition by supplying them with school supplies and other necessities that were generously donated by the community.
The College Board is temporarily offering free Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) registration and waiving the fees to create a College Scholarship Service (CSS) for students affected by Hurricane Harvey. For more information, please visit College Board Announcement. Or contact the SAT Customer Service professionals at 866-756-7346 and the CSS Profile Customer Service professionals at 844-202-0524.
If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week’s article, please do not hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. Please always feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas state agency, or if you would like to contact my office regarding constituent services. As always, my offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office, 361-949-4603).
– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32
Rep. Hunter represents Nueces County (Part). He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 512-463-0672