UPDATE: Helping Texas Schools Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Published: October 31st, 2017

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas has remained in contact with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in an effort to learn how Arizonans can help support the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

“It is my hope and firm belief that if Arizona suffered a disaster of this magnitude that our fellow states would also endeavor to help us,” said Superintendent Douglas. “We often forget about disasters such as hurricanes after a few weeks. Unfortunately, for our fellow citizens, they are still dealing with the damage inflicted by these tragic events.”

Superintendent Douglas, who spoke with Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath about assisting school districts in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey, learned that Texas formed an instructional materials needs lists program for that purpose. The instructional materials needs lists program was designed to help donors replace the exact materials that districts lost in order for regular instruction to resume with as minimal delay as possible.

Described as a type of “gift registry” for instructional materials, the program has already seen some success, as districts in north Texas have “adopted” districts in the hurricane region and provided replacements for their lost instructional materials. Those interested can read more about the program on Texas’ state education website, as well as view the actual needs lists of districts.

Arizonans interested in offering their assistance are encouraged to visit Texas’ state education website or forward this information to those interested in joining the effort.

If you have any questions, or would like to be matched with a district to provide needed instructional materials, please contact Texas’ Senior Director of Instructional Materials and Educational Technology Kelly Callaway at [email protected] or 512-463-9601.