Guam – The Guam Department of Education (“GDOE”) raised over $25,000 for the relief and recovery efforts for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan (known as “Yolanda” in the Philippines.)
On November 13, 2013, GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez asked all schools and divisions to facilitate a coin drive as part of the “Operation Guam Cares” initiative from the Governor’s Office. Additionally, Fernandez encouraged school leaders to embrace this teachable moment as part of the daily lessons being taught in the classrooms.
“This effort was two part for me,” said Fernandez. “First, I wanted our students to be responsible global citizens by helping our neighbors in need. I also wanted our teachers to use this opportunity to promote creativity and critical thinking through cooperative learning to connect their content to what is happening in the world.”
John F. Kennedy High School had the largest contribution overall bringing in more than $4,400 for this effort. Also worth noting is the three schools that raised over $2 per student enrolled. They are Machananao Elementary ($2.85/student), Marcial Sablan Elementary ($2.53/student) and Ordot-Chalan Pago Elementary ($2.16/student).
“I am really proud of all our schools and divisions,” said Fernandez. “During this time of giving thanks for what we have, they responded to help provide for those that are in need of assistance. THANK YOU!”