Students in Puerto Rico are still studying in the dark
(CBS 12) —
Certain schools in Puerto Rico are rallying together to keep education alive on the island.
That's despite student enrollment shrinking by more than 24,000 after Hurricane Maria hit.
It's hard to believe four months have passed and kids are still studying in the dark.
Some only using paper and pencils to do their classwork.
You would never know it about these students are still studying in the dark.
"We went through a lot and they suffered too," said Nilda Torres, English teacher at Escuela Segunda Almirante Norte.
Torres in a Vega Baja. A city located in north central Puerto Rico.
“It’s very difficult for the kids to do their homework to come to school,” Torres said.
Sunlight seeps through the windows into the classrooms, where fans are still, and computers screens are pitch black.
"We are struggling but we are doing ok. In other words, we are trying the best we can,” Torres said.
Students attend school only five hours a day to give them enough time to make their way home before the sun sets.
"We've talked to them. We give them a lot of activities and they're strong they are very strong," Torres said.
In another school about 75 miles southeast of Vega Baja, San Lorenzo , fans are blowing and teachers are using projectors.
But some classes are being taught in the dark because water is seeping into the lights causing a fire hazard.
Out of the 600 students who attend this high school about 250 are still living without power in surrounding mountain towns.
"I’m complaining about I don't have power and stuff like that but other people have it a lot worse,” Marianglelie Lopez.
Lopez is one of the students who received a solar lamp to help her study at home.
The lamp came from the palm beach county non-profit called Puerto Rico Relief Flight. we were there when they delivered much-needed supplies to both schools.
A kind gesture that goes a long way for students with so little.
"They are very excited when they receive something and they know that somebody is thinking about them know that somebody is helping them,” Torres said.