Students in Action, Helping Earthquake Victims

Students in Action, Helping Earthquake Victims
Posted on 02/11/2020
Students helping Puerto Rico

Latinos In Action students from John I. Leonard High School, the PR/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and El Bodegon supermarkets are joining forces to collect items for people in Puerto Rico affected by the earthquake that occurred there in early January.

Elaine Gallagher is the Recruitment and Retention HR Partner for the School District, and she visits Puerto Rico frequently to recruit new teachers for the District. She proposed the initiative to involve Latinos in Action classes in the charitable collection efforts. Latinos in Action has a community component that encourages students to get involved in the community.

“We are so excited that we found a way to assist in these relief efforts,” Gallagher said.

The collection is taking place at John I. Leonard High and includes items like mosquito repellant, hand sanitizer, deodorant, toothbrushes, small board games, kid’s toys, crayons, and dog treats.

"The JILHS staff and students feel very fortunate to be able to assist our neighbors in Puerto Rico in conjunction with so many outstanding District members and members of the community, including the Puerto Rican community,” said Melissa Patterson, the school’s Principal.

Naysa Marrero Santiago is Miss International World Puerto Rico, and also happens to be an alumna of John I. Leonard High. She connected the District with The Latino American Motorcycle Association (LAMA), the organization spearheading the distribution of supplies to the earthquake victims and delivering them directly to shelters. Items are being shipped at no cost.

“We are especially thankful for the collaboration of Naysa Marrero Santiago, and JILHS alumni," Patterson said. “This collaboration is a true testament to the Lancer spirit.”

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