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Schools in Puerto Rico Struggling to Reopen


It has been nearly two months since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, causing mass destruction. Power is still out on much of the island and the aging infrastructure is nearly beyond repair.

Schools have been hit particularly hard. Late last month, 119 schools reopened and an estimated 40,000 students returned to classes. Unfortunately, nearly 1,000 schools were still closed at the time. Puerto Rico Secretary of Education Julia Keleher estimates that between 15 and 20 percent of all schools will be closed permanently.

The lack of running water and electricity are the biggest challenges for schools attempting to reopen. Schools must pass inspection by safety engineers before reopening.

How can you help the students in Puerto Rico?