By: Sharon Aron Baron
Broward County Public Schools is partnering with Broward County Government to help students displaced by Hurricane Dorian, now enrolled in BCPS, have what they need to be successful in school.
Broward County Government launched a school supply on October 1, 2019, and continues through October 30, 2019. Donations can be brought to the Broward County Government Center Lobby, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.
“I am grateful for this partnership with Broward County Public Schools and hopeful that we can make a real difference in the lives of these families displaced by the hurricane,” said Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich, who represents parts of Tamarac. “A child’s education is vital to their success in life and I am proud that we are able to step in and help.”
The donated items will be provided to families that have relocated to Broward County. Currently, more than 250 students from the Bahamas have enrolled in BCPS due to the hurricane.
Items needed for displaced students from the Bahamas in Broward County:
Book bags (by school level, if possible) No. 2 Pencils, Colored pencils, Pens, Pencil cases Pencil Sharpeners Crayons, Crayon Boxes Glue, Glue Sticks, Markers, Loose Leaf Paper Rulers, Spiral Notepads Composition Books Erasers
Middle and high school students also need the following: Binders, Calculators, and 5-Subject Spiral Notebooks.
“We appreciate the support from Broward County Government and our community for all of the families who have lost so much due to Hurricane Dorian,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We want their transition to Broward County and our schools to be as smooth as possible and these donations will go a long way toward helping students stay on track with their education.”
The donated school supplies will be distributed to students and families from the Bahamas via the District’s Welcome Center, located in the Lauderdale Manors Early Learning & Family Resource Center at 1400 NW 14th Court in Fort Lauderdale.
The Welcome Center provides families with support for student registration into District schools, and once registered, connects families to school social workers and provides school supplies, uniforms, clothing, food and information on local resources. In addition, the Welcome Center offers access to a variety of health services in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Broward.