Public School Districts Impacted by Hurricanes Receive Relief for Children and Families



Chelsea J. Ornelas
National Joint Powers Alliance®

James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

Efforts aim to provide stability for kids in hard-hit communities.  

Staples, Minn. and Alexandria, Va. – Jan 22, 2018 – In a typical year, 28 public school districts across the U.S. receive a $2,000 Helping Kids Mini Grant. The program, coordinated by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), has helped kids in need since 2012. The mini grants have been used for everything from boots and coats to dental care and temporary housing stipends.

Last year was not a typical year.

Through the Mini Grant program, AASA approved grants of $2,000 each to 28 hurricane-affected school districts in Texas and Florida. Administrators provided direct support to children and families who suffered significant hardships following the devastating storms.

“We are proud to partner with AASA, and when they came to us with the request to change our typical mini-grant process, we said, ‘Absolutely,’” said Chad Coauette, NJPA executive director and CEO. “Getting kids, families and schools the assistance they need to establish some stability and normalcy is what this relief effort is all about. Our thoughts continue to be with those areas severely impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.”

“No one could have foreseen the widespread destruction caused by these hurricanes, impacting thousands of students,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “AASA is grateful to NJPA, our premier School Solutions partner, for their support, which is helping us assist children and families suffering from the storms last fall.”    

School districts receiving funds through the Mini Grant program included:


  • Collier County Public Schools
  • Duval County Public Schools
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Lee County School District
  • School District of Manatee County
  • Monroe County School District
  • Pinellas County Schools
  • Sarasota County Schools


  • Aldine Independent School District
  • Aransas County Independent School District
  • Aransas Pass Independent School District
  • Beaumont Independent School District
  • Clear Creek Independent School District
  • Corpus Christi Independent School District
  • Crosby Independent School District
  • Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
  • Galena Park Independent School District
  • Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District
  • Gregory-Portland Independent School District
  • Huffman Independent School District
  • Ingleside Independent School District
  • Pasadena Independent School District
  • Port Aransas Independent School District
  • Spring Branch Independent School District
  • Spring Independent School District
  • Taft Independent School District
  • Tuloso-Midway Independent School District

These school districts will be recognized at AASA’s National Conference on Education, Feb. 15-17, in Nashville, Tenn. Through a nationwide relief effort, AASA contributed additional funds to communities severely impacted by the storms. Support went to other districts in Florida and Texas, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information on AASA’s hurricane relief efforts, visit the AASA website.


About NJPA
National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) is a government agency committed to providing cooperative solutions assisting government, education, and nonprofit entities as they strive for efficient public service. Created in 1978 as one of Minnesota's nine service cooperatives, NJPA offers a variety of cooperative programs and services for members on a local, regional, statewide, and national scale, including Canada. On behalf of its publicly elected Board of Directors, and public employee staff, NJPA is committed to meeting and exceeding the expectations of its members.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit