AASA Broadens Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kitty Porterfield, kporterfield@aasa.org, 703-774-6953

Alexandria, Va., Dec. 3, 2012 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, (AASA) today announced that AASA has broadened its relief efforts to school districts impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

"What we have learned in the short time since we began this project is that recovery is going to be a very long process," Domenech said. "There is no quick fix here."

"Some school buildings have been so badly damaged that classes have been moved to new locations," Domenech explained. "In some areas, faculty and staff members, as well as students, are without homes. Some school districts are simply overwhelmed by the logistics of reopening in communities where basic infrastructure is missing."

To date, AASA has identified 21 school districts with specific needs. Districts have offered textbooks and supplies. Schools are holding fundraisers to raise money, and some schools have even adopted a "school-in-need." In many schools, children are taking the lead in this effort.

"We know there are many more districts that need assistance," Domenech said. "While we are working to contact these schools—many lack telephone and email connection—AASA

has now made it possible for individuals and families to make a personal, tax-deductible contribution to the relief effort."

Checks payable to AASA, marked "Attn: Hurricane Sandy Relief" should be sent to AASA, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Domenech thanked all the private donors and school districts who have already contributed to the effort.

More information can be found at http://www.aasa.org/content.aspx?id=25696