Point Pleasant Borough School District's administration and staff are shocked and saddened by the catastrophic flooding that has recently plagued southern Louisiana. The storm, characterized as the worst national disaster since Hurricane Sandy, dumped more than two feet of rain during a three-day period, destroying more than 70 percent of homes in the greater Baton Rouge area. Nearly a month later, schools remain closed, families and students are displaced and the full extent of the devastation is only beginning to be understood.
Unfortunately, this historic storm is an all too familiar reminder of our own once in a lifetime storm – Hurricane Sandy. As we recall our own experiences in those difficult days during Sandy's aftermath, we are also reminded of the extraordinary goodwill and generosity shown our area from supporters from around the globe, including from Louisiana. It was this support that facilitated the realization that we would recover, and that we would eventually Restore Our Shore. Our common experiences in two very different natural disasters unite us. We both sympathize and empathize with the people of Louisiana, and it is this unique perspective that demands we extend our hands, in the same way that countless hands were extended to us in Sandy's wake.
The Point Pleasant Borough School District is in the midst of coordinating local fundraising efforts to benefit the Louisiana School Boards Association Fund for Restoring Schools for which we ask your support. In addition to district-specific fundraisers, donation checks, payable to PPBOE, will be accepted at all home Varsity football games and Back to School Nights. If you have any questions or would like to discuss fundraising ideas, please contact Jacquie Goss at (732) 701-1900 extension 2425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are fortunate to live in a town where the residents understand and appreciate the true meaning of community. I was incredibly proud of our town in the days following Sandy as we all rallied together in support of our neighbors, but that’s nothing compared to the pride I feel when we, as a community, extend our hearts and hands to those in need from afar. I sincerely hope that you join us as we pay some of our good fortune forward in support of the people of Louisiana.
Vincent S. Smith
Superintendent of Schools