Holyoke Schools Prepare For Influx Of Puerto Rican Families After Hurricane Maria

Homes lay in ruin as seen from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations, Black Hawk during a flyover of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria September 23, 2017.
Photo by Kris Grogan for U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Students, families and many school staff in Holyoke, Massachusetts, are still desperate for news from relatives in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last week.

Eighty percent of Holyoke public school students are of Puerto Rican descent.

After the island experienced extensive damage from two hurricanes, the district is now expecting an influx of new students.

With so many homes destroyed and a long term power outage, School Superintendent Stephen Zrike said they’re getting ready for new arrivals.

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