Thoughts and Prayers to the Southeast

The Southeast is in for some terrible weather over the coming hours and days. We are tracking the reports and will reach out to areas impacted by tornados and/or flooding.

Outreach to Acapulco following
Hurricane Otis

READ has reached out to the Secretary of Education in the Acapulco region of Mexico following Hurricane Otis. On October 25, the hurricane made landfall as a category 5 storm causing extensive damage. As schools are beginning to re-open in the area (mid November), READ is waiting for a response to the offer of assistance to the students of Acapulco. 

READ Responses - 2023 

Since January 1, READ has assisted students impacted by the tornado activity in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama, flooding in California and Vermont, and the wildfires in Hawaii.

READ assisted the following:
  • the town of Planada, CA and delivered 200 backpacks to their community.
  • Pajaro Valley Unified School District in Watsonville, CA and delivered 1,150 backpacks to their community.
  • Sent 85 backpacks to Autauga County Schools in Prattville, AL.
  • Sent 500 backpacks to the Pasadena Independent School District in Pasadena, TX.
  • Sent 20 backpacks to Cheyenne Public Schools in Cheyenne, OK
  • Sent 100 backpacks to Amory School District in Amory, MS
  • Sent 50 backpacks to Shawnee Public Schools in Shawnee, OK.
  • Delivered 302 backpacks to districts/schools in Vermont.
  • Sent 524 pencil bags with art supplies to Lahaina, HI.
  • Sent 55 TI84 calculators, 660 mechanical pencils, pencil lead refills, and graph paper to Lahaina, HI.
In the first 11 months of 2023, READ provided assistance 3,258 students in need which exceeds the total for all of 2022. 

Donations are continually needed to assist students following disasters, please visit our
donation pageA donation of $8 will provide a backpack with school supplies for a student in need following a disaster. 

CNN Article - Why READ is a need

Please click to read a CNN article about extreme weather devastating schools and the impact on students. This is the reason READ was founded, to help students following natural disasters to get back to a sense of normalcy. More and more natural disasters are occurring and the need for READ only gets stronger. Please help READ with its mission!


The mission of Restore Education After Disasters (READ) is to provide K-12 students with a return to normalcy as soon as possible by providing prompt, skillful and cost-effective educational restoration services following a natural disaster.


Restore Education After Disasters (READ) will be an exemplary organization acclaimed for our national reputation, our innovative technique and our hometown attentiveness as we provide educational restoration services.

Core Values

- Humanity
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- Compassion
- Courage
- Commitment
- Community

Platinum Seal of Transparency!

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