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Association Pitches In to Help Louisa

The family of public educators  has been quick to come to the aid of colleagues and students in Louisa County, where an August earthquake left two school buildings significantly damaged and perhaps on the verge of being condemned.

The latest help came in the form of a $10,000 donation to emergency relief from the National Education Association’s Health Information Network, which dipped into crisis funds to help. In the photo below, Louisa County Education Association member Barbara Wilson, a member of the VEA Board of Directors (left) and VEA President Dr. Kitty Boitnott present the check to the Louisa Education Foundation. Looking on at the far right is Princess Moss, former VEA president, current NEA executive committee member, and Louisa native.

While in Louisa for the presentation, Boitnott, Moss, Wilson and others went on a tour of the damaged school buildings, arranged by LCEA President Sarah Amick.

“It was a very moving experience to see all that,” says Boitnott. “There was still kids’ work on the walls, but there was a lot of damage, including things like fallen ceiling tiles, televisions thrown off their stands and large cracks in walls and foundations. It’s a miracle that no one was seriously hurt.”

Boitnott wants to be sure that the plight of Louisa educators and students stays on Virginians’ radar screens. “The VEA will work to help keep their needs from being forgotten,” she says.

Donations can be made to the LCPS Disaster Relief Fund by clicking on this link to the Louisa Education Foundation website, where you can make an online tax deductible donation.

Click here to see photos of some of the earthquake damage.


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