Labor Day usually signals the end of summer, back to school, and back to work. For those living in coastal areas, it is also the height of hurricane season. After watching the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey just a week before, Robinson School returned from the long weekend only to brace themselves for Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 hurricane with 185mph winds that roared through the Caribbean and slammed into Florida last week, leaving catastrophic devastation across the Caribbean.
On the Tuesday after Labor Day, the entire Robinson community was called to secure our campus for Irma’s arrival. Everyone was instructed to evacuate by 1 pm and prepare for their own safety. Click on the image below for in-depth coverage of Hurricane Irma’s trajectory across the Caribbean beginning in the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 6.
PUERTO RICO PREPARES
Learn more about how Puerto Rico and neighboring islands prepared for Irma.
IRMA STRIKES PUERTO RICO!
Puerto Rico was blessed that Hurricane Irma skirted her northeastern corner.
IRMA’S IMPACT ON PUERTO RICO
Fallen trees, flooding, inaccessible roads, no traffic lights, and millions without basic utilities and services — Hurricane Irma certainly left her mark on Puerto Rico.
IRMA RIPS THROUGH THE CARIBBEAN
Nothing compares to the destruction and devastation our Caribbean island neighbors suffered due to Irma. Our thoughts and prayers remain with them.
Road Town, Tortola
Families and friends in Florida face Irma
On Sunday, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida deeply affecting a community we share so much with. Our thoughts and prayers are with them too.
ROBINSON RESPONDS TO HURRICANE IRMA
Robinson School opened its doors. On September 11, Robinson re-opened its doors to the community. But all was not back to normal. Robinson’s mission has always included service. Cindy Ogg, our Head of School, and our Chaplain Rosangélica Acevedo immediately began developing a disaster relief plan. Below is a letter they sent on Monday, the day Robinson resumed class. Please take advantage of this excellent opportunity to show your gratitude and share your love.
Our letter below is the beginning of a larger campaign to help those affected by Hurricane Irma.
Dear Robinson community,
Robinson School has distinguished itself for its commitment to service for over 115 years. With the passing of this horrific storm, we are once again uniting our efforts to help the less fortunate. Please join us in helping our friends and families from the neighboring islands. We already have families who have given a warm lending hand and we take this opportunity to thank them for their heart of service.
Join us in making a Difference!
Here are two ways you can help make a Difference:
- We are collecting non-perishable food and personal care items including, but not limited to soups, beans, pasta, sterilized water, gauze, band-aids, baby food, baby wipes, pampers, toothbrushes, and more.
- Our other project is called “Reconstructing Communities”. This campaign consists of buying a symbolical brink to construct a mural representing the raising of the walls for these communities. The PTO will be donating the foundation of the Bricks. You may make your donation by purchasing a brick for $5.00 or $10.00. Please know that there are no restrictions of the number of bricks you can purchase. Your name will appear on each brick as a symbol of your donation. Donations may be done through your homeroom teacher, PTO, reception or to any of the Division Offices on campus.
HOW CAN YOU HELP: All contributions will be given to our Chaplain Rosangélica Acevedo who will then distribute them among the various communities.
We trust that every one of you are well and have pulled through this dreadful hurricane named Irma. Here at Robinson the well-being of our community as well as that of our surrounding friends and neighbors is of high priority. Thank you for your continued support.
Cindy Ogg & Rosángelica Acevedo