AASA Leads National Relief Effort for Children, Families and School Districts Impacted by 2018 Hurricanes, Wildfires



James Minichello
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AASA ‘Mini-Grants’ Provide Additional Funds to Needy Families Throughout the U.S.

Alexandria, Va. – Feb. 26, 2019 – To help school districts hardest hit by Hurricanes Florence and Michael last year as well as areas affected by the California wildfires, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, contributed nearly $50,000 to directly benefit children and families in communities located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia, and California’s Paradise Unified School District, located in an area affected by that state’s wildfires.

“As the nation’s premier organization serving public school districts and school district leadership, there was no hesitation to help areas where natural disasters struck,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Sourcewell, formerly the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), and the AASA Executive Committee for making this relief effort possible.”

“Devastation seems like such an understatement when contemplating the magnitude and impact fires and hurricanes have had in the last two years on the thousands of lives they’ve affected,” said Sourcewell CEO and Executive Director Chad Coauette. “While the overall Helping Kids grant dollars may be just a drop in the bucket needed to make an impact on students, we truly believe it will make a positive difference for the communities and students they serve.” 

In addition to Paradise Unified, other school districts receiving funds as a result of this effort included:


  • Geneva County Schools, Geneva, Ala.


  • Bay District Schools, Panama City, Fla.
  • Decatur County Schools, Bainbridge, Ga. 
  • Early County School System, Blakely, Ga. 
  • Grady County Schools, Cairo, Ga. 
  • Lee County School System, Leesburg, Ga.

North Carolina

  • Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Lee County Schools, Sanford, N.C.
  • Pitt County Schools, Greenville, N.C.
  • Whiteville City Schools, Whiteville, N.C.


  • Patrick County Public Schools, Stuart, Va.

“Thanks to AASA, we were able to meet that basic need of supplying clothing: shirts, pants, shoes, socks and underwear. Our families and schools thank you for your generosity,” said Florida’s Bay District Schools, a district impacted by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.

“During the fall of 2018, Patrick County Public Schools experienced the effects of two hurricanes, an ice storm and a winter storm. All four of these events caused the school system to close for the students. The grant money provided by AASA helped the school division purchase food to be prepared to serve at these two schools until new food deliveries could be completed,” said Patrick County Public Schools.

AASA Helping Kids Mini-Grants

Since 2012, AASA and Sourcewell/NJPA have teamed up to provide $2,000 Helping Kids Mini-Grants to needy school districts throughout the country. The 2018 grants have been used for everything from boots and coats to dental care and temporary housing stipends. These districts included:

  • Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District, Newman, Calif.
  • Franklin County School District, Eastpoint, Fla.
  • Baker County K12 School System, Newton, Ga.
  • Calhoun County School District, Morgan, Ga.
  • Miller County Schools, Colquitt, Ga.
  • Terrell County Charter Schools, Dawson, Ga.
  • Thomas County Schools, Thomasville, Ga.
  • East Peoria Community High School District 309, East Peoria, Ill.
  • Indian Prairie School District 204, Aurora, Ill.
  • Intermediate District 287, Plymouth, Minn.
  • Rockwood School District, Eureka, Mo.
  • Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Pender County Schools, Burgaw, N.C.
  • Nashua School District, Nashua, N.H.
  • Gouverneur Central School District, Gouverneur, N.Y.
  • Crooksville Exempted Village School District, Crooksville, Ohio
  • Bristol Township School District, Levittown, Pa.
  • Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22, Doylestown, Pa.
  • Centennial School District, Warminster, Pa.
  • Galena Park Independent School District, Houston, Texas
  • Vancouver Public Schools, Vancouver, Wash.
  • Cadott Community Schools, Cadott, Wis.

Meanwhile, several of the aforementioned districts received Mini Grants specifically for hurricane relief. They were:

  • Franklin County School District, Eastpoint, Fla.
  • Calhoun County School District, Morgan, Ga.
  • Miller County Schools, Colquitt, Ga.
  • Thomas County Schools, Thomasville, Ga.
  • Terrell County Charter Schools, Dawson, Ga.

For more information about AASA’s hurricane relief efforts, visit the AASA website. Click here to access the AASA School Safety and Crisis Planning Toolkit.


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 www.aasa.org.