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Florida Readies Itself to Help Students From Devastated Puerto Rico, Other Islands

Author: Helios Education Foundation

Helios Education Foundation’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals in Arizona and Florida by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education. In order to elevate community conversations regarding topics impactful to education - topics that influence or may deter student success - Helios is proud to be an underwriter of WMFE, Orlando’s community-based public broadcasting station.

A recent WMFE story explored the impact of swelling enrollment in Florida schools in the wake of Hurricane Maria and other storms that caused devastation in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.  

In the wake of recent storm activity, it is imperative that students find stability and encouragement within their education environment in order to ensure this devastation does not reverberate into a long-term education challenge. Helios believes every student, regardless of zip code, deserves a high-quality education. Welcoming impacted students is Osceola County, who could see enrollment increase by as many as 2,000 new students as families relocate to Florida after Hurricane Maria. Confident that Osceola County schools are prepared for this influx, Kelvin Soto, Chair of the Osceola County School Board, joined WMFE's program Intersection to talk about the displaced students, and the impact upon educators, classrooms and the quality of instruction within the Osceola County School District. A confident Soto said he feels comfortable the district will be able to take on the students they expect to receive.

What impact will the influx of students have within the classroom?  LISTEN TO THE FULL AUDIO

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