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    Hot Topics > Hurricane Katrina

    Students First will keep you up-to-date on the effect Hurricane Katrina is having on students nationwide. Check out the latest education news stories in the aftermath of the disaster.

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    Hurricane links schools 940 miles apart
    12/20/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    A relationship continues to develop between two fifth-grade classrooms — one in Prospect Heights and the other outside Biloxi, Miss. — as a result of a connection made after the Hurricane Katrina.
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    Washington School raises $7,000 for Baton Rouge schools
    11/5/2005 -

    Marion Daily Republican
    MARION — While it's been some time since many of us gave much thought to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the same is not true at Washington Elementary School. The students at Washington School are still doing their best to help out the people from Lousiana that are still trying to put their lives back together.
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    School supply collection is organized for kids in area devastated by Katrina
    10/30/2005 -

    Quad City Times
    WQAD-TV and Project SMART Bus have joined forces for Operation Pack the Bus and are asking the public’s help in fulfilling a promise.
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    Katrina evacuee hired as teacher's aide in Fox River Grove
    10/26/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    A Hurricane Katrina evacuee from Louisiana has been hired as a fourth-grade teacher's aide in School District 3.
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    Katrina's victims settling in at school
    10/9/2005 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    CHAMPAIGN – Mija Wells matter-of-factly pulls out pictures her mother took of their home in New Orleans – pictures of watermarks on walls, her trashed bedroom, the family's moldy furniture and overturned appliances.
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    Houston school thanks Champaign students for help
    10/8/2005 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    HOUSTON – Usually, parents send their children to Houston's Briarmeadow Charter School because they are looking for an alternative to traditional teaching methods. Lately, though, families have been showing up at the school's doors because they have nowhere else to go.
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    Elementary school drive nets thousands in cash
    10/3/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    North Elementary School students raised $6,710.54 for Hurricane Katrina victims in their one-week "Change for Change" program.

    The program asked students to bring in different coins for donations during the week, starting with pennies and culminating in dollar bills. Each class voted on where its money would go.
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    Schools to host fundraisers for hurricane victims
    9/29/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake high schools have two events scheduled to help victims of recent hurricanes.

    Organizers will collect building materials, office supplies, diapers, paper goods, linens and other items at a truck at Crystal Lake Central, 45 W. Franklin Ave., that a volunteer will drive to a warehouse in Baton Rouge. The collection will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Oct. 7. Food and clothing will not be accepted.
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    Edwardsville schools give money to Katrina relief
    9/27/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    EDWARDSVILLE - From the youngest student to a seasoned teacher, the donations came together in Edwardsville School District 7 to total more than $35,000 for a Hurricane Katrina relief fund.
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    One close shave, thousands of dollars raised
    9/26/2005 -

    Naperville Sun
    HURRICANE AFTERMATH: ANSWERING THE CALL
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    Students give supplies to hurricane relief
    9/22/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    MARENGO – Denise Cisneros said she remembered hearing about Hurricane Katrina's devastation during an eighth-grade class and having one thought.
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    Collinsville school raises $1,700 in change for Katrina victims
    9/21/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Webster Elementary School in Collinsville raised $1,700 in loose change over nine days to help victims of Hurricane Katrina through the American Red Cross. The school houses 360 students, 47 percent of whom are considered low-income. Yet the students managed to come up with an average $4.72 per child in change, filling decorated milk jugs and cans in each classroom, according to Principal Tom Tucker. "It really started because the children in the classrooms talked to their teachers about what they could do," Tucker said. The same students raised between $800 and $900 for victims of the tsunami, Tucker said....
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    City helps young Katrina evacuees start early education
    9/20/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Head Start program has free enrollment

    Parents displaced by Hurricane Katrina are able to enroll their kids for free into Head Start, an early childhood education and skills-development program funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and run in partnership with the city's Department of Children and Youth Services.
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    Kids helping kids
    9/20/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Losses of Hurricane Katrina hit home for local students
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    D-300 students build fundraisers
    9/20/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    As students at Oak Ridge School in Carpentersville return to class this fall, they are being asked to lace up their walking shoes to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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    Region welcomes exchange students
    9/19/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Three students set to study in the Gulf Coast area find schools and homes here.
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    Letter to the Editor: Students have responsibility to aid hurricane victims
    9/18/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Hurricane Katrina came and went, and now we are left to clean up her mess. Our country is in desperate need of help and, though we are only young students, this is our chance to give a little bit back.
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    MHS students turn back the clock for fund-raiser
    9/17/2005 -

    Marion Daily Republican
    MARION -- For a brief time in the middle of the day on Friday, out by the stadium at Marion High School, it was back to the 60s. In an effort to help raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Marion High School Art Club sponsored T-shirt tie-dyeing during the lunch periods, and despite less than perfect weather the club was overwhelmed with the response they received from their peers.
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    Sisters find comfort in Lake County schools
    9/17/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The Friday before Hurricane Katrina hit, 13-year-old Julia Barré and her friends were at a school football game in New Orleans.
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    Schools absorbing displaced students
    9/17/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    In the weeks since Hurricane Katrina, local schools have gone beyond holding fund-raisers and collecting household goods for the relief effort.
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    Rankin school helps namesake
    9/16/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Pekin-area district is conducting a fund-raiser for Mississippi school
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    Teacher evacuees get OK to teach here
    9/14/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    The Illinois State Board of Education approved an emergency rule on Tuesday that offers teachers from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina a temporary permit for substitute teaching in Illinois. Many qualified teachers from the Gulf Coast region do not have immediate access to their records or they were destroyed in the hurricane. Confirmation of a bachelor's degree and a criminal background check are required....
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    District 15 to help hurricane victims
    9/14/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    McHENRY – District 15 schools are collecting money to help McHenry's effort to adopt a family affected by Hurricane Katrina.
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    State offering help to teachers, students displaced by Katrina
    9/14/2005 -
    Associated Press
    Hoping to help a few victims of Hurricane Katrina find work, the Illinois State Board of Education voted Tuesday to cut through the red tape required for people to become substitute teachers in Illinois.


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    Johns Hill students add personal touch to Katrina collections
    9/14/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    DECATUR - Audra Mervis has relatives in Mississippi, and some of them may have to stay with her family in Decatur due to Hurricane Katrina. Audra knows that a lot of people lost everything.
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    $9,000 donation is high school record
    9/14/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    CAROL STREAM -- Glenbard North High School has raised $9,000 for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the most raised at the school for any relief effort in memory.
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    Glenbard South fills truck with supplies
    9/14/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    GLEN ELLYN -- Glenbard South High School math teacher Tom Nussbaum will drive a "Raider Relief truck" filled with supplies for Hurricane Katrina survivors to Louisiana this weekend.
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    District 7 enrolls hurricane victims
    9/13/2005 -

    Edwardsville Intelligencer
    District 7 Superintendent Ed Hightower announced Monday that the district has enrolled more than a dozen students whose families have relocated to the area from hurricane stricken cities.
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    Starting Over: Displaced students adjust to Southern Illinois
    9/13/2005 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    MURPHYSBORO - At first glance, Keighley Kelley appears to be the average 7-year-old adjusting to life in the second grade.
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    Delavan students to raise money for victims
    9/13/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Kids affected by Hurricane Katrina will receive supplies

    DELAVAN - Last week, the East Baton Rouge School District in Louisiana contacted the Delavan School District via e-mail, along with hundreds of other school districts across the country, asking for help.
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    Evacuees call Naperville home again
    9/13/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    When Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, the Liddell and Obergfell families fled for the most familiar place they knew: Naperville.
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    Family finds shelter, support in U-46
    9/13/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Liam Craver was not afraid when his family fled their New Orleans home, desperate to escape Hurricane Katrina.
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    ISBE/IPA/IASA Hurricane Relief Fund
    9/12/2005 -
    Illinois Association of School Administrators
    The Illinois Association of School Administrators in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education announces that the Illinois Principals Association and IASA have a 501(c)(3) tax exempt fund set up to help school districts impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
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    Students collect toys for hurricane victims
    9/12/2005 -

    Marion Daily Republican
    HERRIN - As they carried bags of stuffed animals, books and small games into the sanctuary of Unity Christian School this past morning, many of the children snuggled with the baby dolls and furry creatures.
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    Local districts enrolling students displaced by Katrina
    9/12/2005 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    For students uprooted by Hurricane Katrina, returning to school will be returning to normalcy - some semblance of normalcy, anyway.
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    Kids reach out to victims of Katrina
    9/11/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Food drives, raffles and collections have been held, more being planned
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    Students sacrifice for benefit of victims
    9/10/2005 -

    Edwardsville Intelligencer
    Local residents, schools and organizations are continuing to reach out to hurricane victims.
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    Schools welcome survivors
    9/10/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    It’s a long drive from Covington, La., with the windows down and a vehicle packed with four kids, a dog and 15 gallons of gas in portable containers, but the Obergfell family made it to Naperville.
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    Evacuees attending local schools
    9/9/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    BLOOMINGTON -- About a dozen young Katrina evacuees are now attending Twin City schools, getting supplies and eating lunch with new classmates.
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    Students write book for storm victims
    9/9/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    ST. CHARLES -- St. Charles students at Wasco Elementary School in District 303 are helping Katrina survivors in a novel way.
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    Schools welcome survivors
    9/9/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    300 kids evacuated from hurricane zone hit books in Illinois
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    Students to accept donations at store
    9/9/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    AURORA -- West Aurora High School students will operate a drive-through line to collect donations for hurricane victims from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Jewel Osco, 1952 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora.
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    New school holds 1st service project
    9/9/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    NAPERVILLE -- All Saints Catholic Academy has joined Prager Moving and Ozanam Outlet of St. Vincent de Paul Society in Houston to collect and ship items to hurricane victims housed in Houston.
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    AFT joins contributors to AFL-CIO’s special Hurricane Relief Fund
    9/8/2005 -
    Illinois Federation of Teachers
    Donations can now be made online
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    La. Schools Chief Seeks $2.8 Billion in K-12 Aid
    9/8/2005 -

    Education Week
    Louisiana school districts decimated by Hurricane Katrina will need $2.8 billion in federal aid this school year to recover from the devastating storm, Louisiana’s top education official said Sept. 8, adding that as many as 100,000 of the public school students displaced in the New Orleans area may return to their home schools by January.
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    9/8/2005
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    Pay, Jobs for Displaced Teachers Are Priorities for AFT Officials
    9/7/2005 -

    Education Week
    On Trip Home, Former New Orleans Union Leader Watches Destruction of his District Nat LaCour, the secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers, was in his native New Orleans for his uncle’s funeral when word came that a hurricane was bearing down on the city.
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    School Leaders Assess Damages, Plan Recovery Effort
    9/7/2005 -

    Education Week
    Louisiana officials are piecing together a picture of what their school system will look like in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. For now, it appears that both the New Orleans district, the state’s largest, and the nearby St. Bernard public schools could be out of commission for the entire school year, and that other districts could take weeks or even months to reopen, state schools Superintendent Cecil J. Picard said in a Sept. 6 statement to the press.
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    'All children will be accepted'
    9/7/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    District 150 readies for Katrina refugees' children to enroll
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    Schools ready for evacuee students
    9/7/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Rockford's hurricane-displaced influx includes an estimated 60 families with school-age children
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    Local schools prepare for displaced students
    9/7/2005 -

    Naperville Sun
    In the past few days, Indian Prairie School District 204 has opened its doors to 12 new students, all victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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    IHSA prepares for Katrina transfers
    9/7/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Illinois High School Association Executive Director Marty Hickman said Tuesday inquiries have started coming in about participation in interscholastic programs for students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
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    A place of refuge sets up in Elgin
    9/7/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Mental health center, Judson students prepare for up to 300
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    DuPage expects displaced Hurricane victims
    9/7/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    DuPage County government and not-for-profit groups are bracing for the arrival of displaced Hurricane Katrina victims.
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    Unit 2 could soon be feeling pinch of high gas prices
    9/6/2005 -

    Marion Daily Republican
    MARION -- The sudden surge in gasoline prices and subsequent shrinking fuel supply is forcing many to make changes on the fly.
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    Blagojevich opens Illinois schools to children displaced by Katrina
    9/4/2005 -

    Marion Daily Republican
    SPRINGFIELD - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today ordered Illinois public schools to waive residency requirements and enroll any child displaced by Hurricane Katrina who relocates to live with family, friends or in a shelter in Illinois.
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    Schools told to welcome uprooted children
    9/2/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    September is back-to-school time, hurricane or no hurricane. Trying to restore a sense of routine to children who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, Illinois and other states have ordered school districts to open their doors to displaced students from New Orleans and other storm-ravaged areas.
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