Yesterday, I received news that my parents were alive. We belong to a strong network of family and community that believes in helping one another. For now, they are choosing to stay behind and help neighbors- like many Puerto Rican people.
I am one of the fortunate ones who has seen a picture of a loved one.
We were also awarded a community service prize for community service due to our work with @The Ana grace project from the Radio City Music HallRockettes!
Two very different circumstances. Two very different tragedies. One big love wins family.
Ana Grace, we miss you. We will always work in your honor and remembrance. That flower your Abu held up? I'm sure that's for you.
We will be posting resources here as we have them.
Thank you for supporting my family and the AGP. Please continue to lift up our community members who have not yet heard from loved ones from Puerto Rico, Méjico, US Virgin Islands and all disaster areas.
Luisa VazquezSo happy for you that you know your parents are safe. I’m still waiting to hear in my family in Aguas Buenas, but I trust God they are good as well. Congratulations on your Award from the Rockettes! Love Wins ❤️❤️
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Mary Ellen BanksSo happy your parents are safe. Praying for all impacted by these terrible storms, especially those in the Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
3 hours ago
Maria Isabel MeyerSo happy that you received good news. I still haven't been able to get in touch with family. Praying that they are all safe.
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Pratima ManuelPraise the Lord that your parents are safe. Praying for the people of Puerto Rico, Mexico and other areas afeeected by the storm.
1 hour ago
Maria EscaleraSo happy you heard from your family and that they are safe. Praying for the safety of everyone on our island 🙏🏽
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Pia LedinaI’m so glad your parents are safe... and it doesn’t surprise me at all that they are helping others.
3 hours ago
Kay Rivera¡Que bueno saber que tu familia en Puerto Rico está bien! ¡Para mi fue un gran alivio cuando escuché la voz de mi hermana! 🇵🇷
Inevitably, disasters around the world impact the lives of residents here in the United States. We are often simultaneously miles apart and steps away from tragedy. This is what it means to be a global family.
I invite superintendents and school boards to think about proactive planning that might accommodate a rise in the number of students and families coming from disaster regions. Districts should be increasingly aware of the unique needs of families that have experienced devastating losses.
This is a time for innovation. While already strapped school systems don't have extra resources, we can and should be exploring the many ways communities can help support incoming families through no and low cost efforts. These may include: informal host programs, in school volunteering, school community partnerships and anything that can help share the load.
Many may say that we are too divided to be helpful. I still believe in an America that stands for justice, mercy and humanity.
If you are interested in exploring ways that your district can help prepare for the influx of families fleeing disaster from Mexico, Puerto Rico and other Carribean islands- or supporting students and families in your district who are impacted by these international events? Please stay tuned as we post information that can serve this purpose. We must also provide adequate resources to our staff to do this sacred work. A tall order - but one we must respond to.
Want to connect or collab? Email the CCSU/Ana Grace Project at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage our followers to continue to lift up school districts, communities, businesses and organizations who will be a part of the informal relief network for thousands of children and families.
Disaster relief should encompass much more than getting someone out of a storm or quake.
Effective disaster relief plans for the long term. Effective disaster relief provides a sense of safety and control to those most impacted. Effective disaster relief is compassion in action. Effective disaster relief is driven by communities.
Believe me. I know.
Peace be still.
With much love and prayers for all,
Nelba Márquez-Greene, Founder and Spokesperson for The Ana Grace Project
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Carol Anne Mauer DonohoeWhat an adorable photo of a beautiful little soul. As an immigration attorney, I suggest everyone also let it be known to their representatives in government that we WELCOME those fleeing from harm.
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Nelba Márquez-GreeneIsaiah wanted me to tell you that he typed this out for me as I dictated it to him in the car. He wants "typing" credit. 💜
Charlene BarnabaSomething as simple as a "pen pal" match up, where students here can write letters to specifc student in an affected area for support. I would like to help USVI specifically. The schools there are small in size enough there that my SD could effectively match up with a "sister" school there. My daughter's MS just did an adopt a classroom (for school supply drive) post-Harvey but let's step up the game!! My son is in 9th grade Spanish 3 - maybe they could do letter writing to PR students as project. Thanks for posting.
The Ana Grace Project interrupts its regular programming to acknowledge and hold up the hurting community of New Britain, Connecticut- where hundreds of residents (if not more) have direct connections to victims and stranded survivors in Méjico and Puerto Rico.
As Noel so beautifully stated yesterday, take extra care of your students and colleagues who have been impacted by news of devastation or have not yet heard from family or friends. Take extra care of yourselves too.
Wait to give / donate until proper supports have been identified that will reach those most impacted. And plan on giving for a long time.
Many residents of New Britain have family that live in one of the towns most impacted: Maunabo. Maunabo and New Britain have a unique link that has gone back for decades. I know many residents still haven't heard from their loved ones there.
And to our friends with relatives in earthquake ravaged areas of Mexico- you are not forgotten.
Pray. Plan. Prepare.
I wish my arms were wide enough to hold all of you hurting today.
I am with you. I am praying for you and alongside you. You are not alone. May our minds not rush to helplessness or despair. Don't forget to eat, sleep, charge your phone batteries and also charge your spirit. Walking / moving your body helps for self regulation. Talk it out. Walk it out.
#WondrousWednesdays2 The Ana Grace Project MFT & Psychology interns are training on the Classroom Extension Activities that they will use with our CSDNB Love Wins Schools. The Ana Grace Project wants every student to learn the social-emotional skills needed for positive self-regulations that helps with their ability to ensure that Love Wins 💜
The Ana Grace Project is thinking and praying for our friends and families that are affected by the earthquake in Mexico and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Many of our families in our community are affected by these environmental conditions. Please take time to care for yourself, check on family, and seek support as you need it. Teachers and clinical staff, please be mindful about how our students and families are processing these very concerning events of nature.
Dr. Noel Casiano Program Coordinator School Based Clinical Services ... See MoreSee Less
Imagine being the new kid in class... with no friends and no one to hangout with. So many questions and so much pressure. Thoughts like: Who do I sit with at lunch? Will my teacher like me? How am I expected to learn and do well when I don't even know anyone's name?
As an educator there are a million things to do. Call parents, teach the main lessons, teach separate lessons, paperwork, and the list goes on and on. If there is a student that has no classroom connections, that student will not learn anywhere near as effectively. It is up to the teacher to facilitate making those connections.
As a class we read a book about a girl who moved to a new town and had no friends. One of the Love Wins Extension activities had the students pretend like they were in her class. They had to write a letter to the girl, welcoming her, and telling them about herself. We discussed how she felt and what it's like to be new and not know anyone. The end result were these beautiful cards and the background knowledge of what to do when a new student arrives.
Interested in these activities? Want more information? Email me.
Also to those who emailed from last week, I will be getting back to you. The response was overwhelming.
Love wins and it saves lives.
Craig-Lead Teacher, AGP
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Mary WarmbrodStarting with kindergarten I was in a different school in a different town/military base each school year until grade 5 when I was in 2 different schools. Thankfully a few teachers were helpful. It made a difference.