Written by Anthony Cuffaro
Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas on September 1st, 2019. Dorian was the strongest hurricane on record to hit the island. It was regarded as the worst natural disaster in the country’s history. Once it made landfall, it hovered over the island sometimes moving at just 1 mph. Water tipped 23 feet above sea level. As of September 27th, the death toll of Dorian is 56, Around 600 missing, and over 4,000 escaped to Florida.
Sarasota Polytechnical High School donated supplies to the Bahamas. Students were advised to put their donations in the Junior Quad. Mrs. Davis oversaw the donations.
I talked to Mrs. Davis about the Dorian Relief efforts. When asked about how the idea came about, Davis stated, “A parent came to me, and asked if we can start a hurricane drive. We started at the Polytech open house and we did it until the end of the first quarter.”
Students were reminded to bring items at the open house, posters were hung up around the campus, and with the application Remind, students were reminded what to bring for donations.
Mrs. Davis added, “Because Boar’s Head was flying things over, I was trying to not do a lot of heavy things. For example, canned foods instead of boxed foods, empty water jugs instead of water bottles, clothing, toiletries, and first aid supplies.”
Boar’s Head was responsible of acquiring the supplies and bringing them to the island. The relief supplies were picked up by truck. After that they were carefully transported on a cargo plane and sent to the island as soon as possible.
The outcome was outstanding. With over 4 large truck loads donated, it was nice to see everybody unify and come together.