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15+ Ways to Learn and Help in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

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The Hey Teach! team recognizes the educators and students impacted by Hurricane Harvey and applaud their courage and perseverance in the crisis.

We realize that Hurricane Harvey’s hit on the Texas education system is staggering. In an ABC News interview Aug. 30, 2017, Texas Education Agency (TEA) spokeswoman Lauren Callahan said 20 percent of the state’s students have been affected by the storm. TEA oversees 5 million primary and secondary public school students there.

According to the Houston Independent School District (HISD), they are the state’s largest school district and the seventh-largest in the U.S., serving approximately 215,000 students and 29,000 team members at 287 campuses. Aside from being impacted by the storm, HISD claims more than 75 percent of the students in the district are considered economically disadvantaged. 

Hey Teach! compiled a collection of news stories, activities for kids, teacher tools and donation links to help all educators and parents process and utilize this major natural disaster as a teaching opportunity: 

Inspiring stories illustrating Hurricane Harvey’s impact on schools and how educators are rising up to the disaster:

How school children will cope with Hurricane Harvey
Principals adopt schools in Harvey Flood Zone
Houston students will eat free for a year

Hurricane Harvey and natural disaster teaching advice, resources and activities, including Scholastic’s grade-specific tips:

PBS: How Media Literacy helps you talk about Hurricane Harvey with your Students
8 books to help children understand natural disasters and cope with anxiety
Scholastic advice, resources on teaching and talking with children about natural disasters
Hurricane Harvey Teaching Activities from the New York Times Learning Network
National Association of School Psychologists-Helping children after natural disasters including hurricanes

Texas school districts’ and related organizations’ relief efforts:  

Austin Ed Fund for Austin Independent School District
Austin Independent School District (Austin ISD) is enrolling children whose families have evacuated to Austin. The district is preparing to enroll thousands of additional students. 

Dallas Independent School District
Houston Independent School District

Across the country from California to Pennsylvania, K-12 schools are pulling resources and donations together to help students and educators affected by Hurricane Harvey. Here’s just a few that we noticed:

San Diego Unified School District Clothing and Supply Drive
Nevada Learning Academy Relief Effort
Hats Off for Houston at Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School
Pewaukee School District Food Drive
Steam Academy Supply Drive

If your school or district has a similar relief drive, please share it on our Hey Teach! Facebook page.

   
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