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Planes loaded with school supplies are making their way over to the storm-ravaged Bahamas.
The shipment of school supplies mean that some schools are re-opening and the effort to help students and teachers is underway.
In the weeks since Hurricane Dorian decimated the Bahamas, dozens of emergency supplies and aid have been flown to the island chain.
Now, planes loaded with school supplies are making their way over to the archipelago.
The shipment of school supplies mean that some schools are re-opening in the storm-ravaged Abacos, and the effort to help students and teachers is underway.
“We have probably $10,000 or more of school supplies here, laptops that are desperately needed to get online programming going for high school students. It’s amazing, it really makes me feel wonderful that people in South Florida stepped up like this,” said Alex Woodsum of Southeast Rescue and Relief.
A group of teachers and students came to the airfield in Marsh Harbour eager to show their appreciation. Any kids still on the islands are now going to the three schools which have reopened.
“I don’t have any of the kids I was supposed to have before the storm, I have all new Marsh Harbor students who lost their school,” said Amanda DeGregory, a teacher.
The Abacos are smashed beyond recognition. Locals like Cindy Pinder say that without donations from the USA, no one could survive there.
“It still doesn’t register that this is our community, that everything’s gone, that everybody who’s worked their entire lives has lost everything they own,” Pinder said.
Chris Allen, who owns Air Flight Charters, has flown more than a hundred relief flights since Dorian wrecked the area.
“And really, that’s the first thing I think in rebuilding, is getting the schools rebuilt, getting supplies over there, getting the teachers back,” Allen said. “I’ve talked to a ton of kids over there and they all want to get back to school. I was like, ‘are you guys happy that school’s out?’ they’re like, ‘no, we’re not happy, we want to be in school.’”
The groups that organized Friday’s flights – Hope 4 Hopetown and SouthEastRelief.org are planning similar missions, bringing the school supplies directly to the principals, teachers and students who need them.