Hurricane Maria left lasting effects on Puerto Rico. It destroyed homes, businesses and even schools. News 25’s Kristen Anzuini sat down with one local man who wants to make a big difference in Puerto Rico.
Everyday the principal of Popp’s Ferry Elementary school builds his students up with positive words and leadership… But soon, he will help physically build a school in Puerto Rico
Todd Boucher principal of Popp’s ferry says “It is going to be a wonderful experience it’s not a vacation in the sense of what we consider a true vacation but I get to go and make a difference.”
Boucher got the opportunity to go on this mission trip after he was named the national distinguished principal of the state. “When I was selected as national distinguished principal of the state and I went to Washington they randomly drew one of the principals names to go to Puerto Rico to help rebuild a school that has been damaged by hurricane Maria,” said Boucher.
During his week in Puerto Rico, Boucher and the rest of his team will be helping their community in many ways.
“Well there was a school that was damaged pretty significantly. There are some buildings that need roof repairs there are some rooms that still need to be painted and there is a court that needs to be rebuilt. We will be digging foundations and possibly doing some block work as well,” Boucher explains.
And as the principal leaves for Puerto Rico the whole Popp’s Ferry Elementary school has his back… “good luck!”
The kids have given more than just moral support they have been raising money for the students in Puerto Rico by selling popcorn…
So far they have sold almost 600 dollars worth of popcorn.
One fourth grade student says, “I did some too.. I did like four or five bags because I really want them to get an education.”
If you would like to donate to help Principal Boucher buy the Puerto Rican students school supplies, you can go to Popp’s Ferry Elementary school’s website.
In Biloxi, Kristen Anzuini, news 25.