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NEA HIN Disaster Relief Fund Aides Gulf Coast School


NEA Vice-President Lily Eskelsen (center) and NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle (left) present Mississippi Association of Educators President Kevin Gilbert with a $37,000 check for disaster relief.

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$1.5 Million collected in two months for relief efforts.

July 4, 2010

By Amy Buffenbarger

Five years ago the Gulf Coast states were devastated by Hurricane Katrina and NEA immediately mobilized to help the relief efforts.

NEA’s Health Information Network created the Disaster Relief Fund and collected $1.5 million in just two months. Since that time the Fund has helped rebuild schools in Gulf states like Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

Today at the Representative Assembly, Mississippi Association of Educators President Kevin Gilbert accepted a $37,000 check from the HIN Disaster Relief Fund on behalf of North Bay Elementary school in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The students at North Bay Elementary have been learning in portable trailers since Katrina came ashore in 2005. They will finally move into a new school this fall with new library books, art supplies and other educational resources to benefit the students.

North Bay serves as an example of the resilience of our schools along the coast,” Gilbert said. “This grant will go a long way in helping the students receive a quality education in the wake of a hurricane that has left its mark on the state of Mississippi forever.”


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