Hurricane Maria hit our beloved island hard. Robinson is more than a school. We strive to be a center of service, a place where the entire San Juan and Puerto Rico community can find support and solace. Amidst the devastation, Hurricane Maria offers us an opportunity to continue our 115-year tradition of service. We are grateful for our blessings and even more so for this opportunity to share them with our neighbors in need – near and far.
Class of 2018 takes the lead
Robinson School reopened its doors to students on Tuesday, October 3. Our Seniors (Class of 2018) immediately continued mobilizing relief efforts through the student-initiated campaign that started after Hurricane Irma: Robinson School in Action – A Heart of Service. This campaign, which began as a food and water drive, has now expanded to include all types of emergency relief supplies including the following:
• Food (rice, canned foods, dry goods)
• Bottled, potable water
• Insect repellent
• Personal hygiene products (adult and infant diapers, feminine hygiene products, hand sanitizer, cleansing wipes)
• First aid supplies (bandages, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, triple antibiotic ointment)
• Over-the-counter medications (aspirin/ibuprofen, Pepto Bismol, Imodium, Benadryl).
On Friday, October 6, Seniors met with Upper School Division Head, Luis Fortes, and Chaplain Rosangélica Acevedo to discuss post-Hurricane Maria relief efforts. Several Seniors also shared stories about what they had been doing to help prior to returning to Robinson. Mónica Rivera accompanied a Methodist mission to Jayuya and Utuado with the Chaplain and shared her experience with her classmates.
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The Class of 2018 is collaborating directly with the Iglesia Metodista de Puerto Nuevo (Puerto Nuevo Methodist Church) through Robinson’s Spiritual Life program and our Chaplain (Rosangélica Acevedo) to distribute supplies and services – locally and across the island. In the San Juan metropolitan area, efforts will focus on the following areas: Barrio Obrero, Villa Palmeras, Condado/Ocean Park/Isla Verde, Playita, and Cantera. Over the weekend of October 14-15, Seniors will travel to Utuado and Jayuya, extending relief efforts to the interior of the island, which is still desperately awaiting relief.
Other Robinson student-driven hurricane relief efforts include an ice distribution campaign. Students with functioning freezers are being given bottles of water to take home and freeze. The next day, members of the local community can come to Robinson, pick up the ice, and protect themselves against the health risks caused by the lack of electricity and refrigeration.
Please continue to support our “Robinson Home and Community Fund” GoFundMe campaign. Our first post-Hurricane Maria relief effort, initiated by alumna and Robinson Board member, Sara Ronkin Mullis. Remember: your donations will not only support members of the Robinson community, but also San Juan and the entire island of Puerto Rico.