Disaster Relief CBBA students
Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage throughout the Island and the CBBA was not the exception. We were hit hard, as the eye of the hurricane passed through Puerto Rico. CBBA suffered severe water damage. Flood waters at one point reached 2 feet high with water pooling in the hallways, administrative offices, locker rooms, and classrooms. The CBBA is currently assessing water damage and structural issues, as well as air quality, mold issues, and technology infrastructure. Nonetheless, experts have already explained that all of the walls will need to be torn down and rebuilt, flooring school wide will need to be redone, roofing removed and refurnished surfaces dried with humidifiers and covered in anti-microbial disinfectant.
Unfortunately, if Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, is any indication, the worst of Maria’s effects on education are still ahead. Katrina, which displaced more than 370,000 students in Mississippi and Louisiana, created a lost generation of students who were forced from their homes and schools. As a result, their academic achievement was lower, their dropout rates were higher, and they struggled with joblessness even a decade after the storm. The CBBA wants to reduce Maria’s worst possible consequences for our student athletes and to prevent the storm from negatively impacting them than it had already done so in many of their municipalities and homes. For this reason, the CBBA commenced operations despite the lack of electrical power. It was imperative for us to provide a safe haven to our student athletes.
Despite many hardships our students provide, the students at the CBBA are actively involved in supporting and helping many communities in Puerto Rico by volunteering with the Carlos Beltran Foundation which spearheaded the copnstruction and development of the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, in their endevaour to provide food, water, medicine, first aid kits, solar lamps, etc. to the affected communities that were hit hardest by Hurrican Maria. We are very proud of our students and staff members who have all participated in this disaster relief initiative.
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