After devastation in Puerto Rico, Buffalo Schools expect influx of students from island

Posted at 11:47 AM, Oct 02, 2017

After two devastating hurricanes hit Puerto Rico in September, Buffalo Public Schools are preparing to welcome a number of new students from the island.

The district is gathering backpacks and school supplies for the expected students. Hoping to give families "one less thing to worry about".

The initiative was started by BPS School Board President Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold.

A BPS spokesperson says the district is not sure how many new students may arrive from Puerto Rico, but with a large Puerto Rican presence in the district, it expects many families in WNY will be hosting relatives following the deadly storms.

"We want to be as welcoming and comforting as we can be," Elena Cala, BPS spokesperson, said Monday.