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HANDMADE FOR PR SUCCESS!

Thanks to our talented and generous community, we have once again had great success with our HANDMADE FOR PR event!  This year we raised $851!  We will be using this funds to send supplies to the Rescue My School program in Puerto Rico.  Great News out of PR is that the Secretary of Education of Puerto Rico has been charged with corruption and there is a warrant out for her arrest.  We are hopeful that a new Secretary will lead with more integrity putting children, families, and educators first!!

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The Crisis in Public Education in PR

The Public Education Crisis in Puerto Rico

And How We Can Help

Less than a year after devastating Hurricanes ripped through Puerto Rico and only a few days before the start of the 2018-2019 school year, the Department of Education followed through on plans to close almost a quarter of all public schools in PR.  Our partner school was one of those schools. Public schools in PR, especially in more rural areas, are often the heart of a community. Now these buildings sit abandoned. Most reports are that students have been re-assigned to schools that are far away from their homes and were already overcrowded without any additional funding for staff or materials.  

La Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico (FMPR) is actively fighting against school closures. The FMPR has “rescued” a few of the closed public schools by opening them as community centers for the local families and children.  One of these centers is Lorencita Ramirez school in Tao Baja. On Saturdays, free breakfast and lunch is served and children can participate in sports and arts clinics (activities no longer provided in the public schools) and on Wednesdays, students can receive tutoring.  All of the staff are unpaid volunteers. These “rescued schools” are providing much needed community support for families and children who have been through multiple traumas. They provide a safe and happy place for the community to come together and support each other.

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The Neighborhood School to Puerto Rico with Love Association will be using funds raised to provide art and school supplies, books, and snacks for the program at Lorencita Ramirez.  There are lots of ways YOU can help make a difference in the lives of families in Puerto Rico:

  • Make a handmade item for our Handmade for PR event (Feb 4-8)

  • Shop at our Handmade for PR event (Feb 4-8)

  • Make a cash donation in our donation box

  • Purchase a TNS2PR mug (some are still available!)

  • Purchase a TNS2PR t-shirt (we will be selling again in the Spring)      

  • Join our group!!

  • Follow these Facebook pages:

Al Rescaté de Mi Escuela

Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico

Please email TNS2PR@gmail.com or dianne@tnsny.org

For more information!  

Puerto Rico School Closings Hit Families, Communities Hard

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/puerto-rico-crisis/puerto-rico-school-closings-hit-families-communities-hard-n863461

Puerto Rico’s Schools Are in Tumult, and Not Just Because of Hurricane Maria

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/us/puerto-rico-school-closings.html

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Movie Night!

TNS Movie Night

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HANDMADE FOR PR!! Annual Fundraiser is coming!

2nd ANNUAL HANDMADE FOR PR FUNDRAISER - The Neighborhood School to Puerto Rico with Love Association is excited to announce that we will once again be having a handmade pop-up store to raise money for families in need in Puerto Rico.  If you like to make handmade items or you know someone who does, please help us by donating one or more items. The sale will be the week of February 4-8. There will be a flyer (CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO INSTRUCTIONS) with detailed information for donating or you can email dianne@tnsny.org.  Popular items include Valentine cards, anytime greeting cards, hand-knit or hand-crocheted items, pins, barrettes or headbands, soap, candles, paper or fabric flowers, tote bags of all different sizes, sachets of all types, beaded jewelry, etc and so forth.   

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Save the Date! TNS Spring Fling & Auction

Save the Date! TNS Spring Fling & Auction is April 4, 2019

TNS Spring Fling & Auction

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