Helping Bahamian Orphans After Hurricane Dorian

News of the fatal Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas has passed, but the devastation will remain for months if not years, especially for the children who lost their parents forever.

On September 26, 2019, a group of 40 American Heritage students, faculty, administrators, and parents traveled to Nassau, Bahamas to bring thousands of pounds of donated food and toys to two orphanages. They are filled with children, toddlers, and even babies whose names are unknown because they came over from the disaster areas without any parents or birth certificates.

“It’s going to be hard to leave here today,” said Sally Schleifer, a faculty member from American Heritage School in Boca/Delray and one of the heads of the relief efforts at the school.

The students all gained a great sense of appreciation through this experience, and while they know they cannot fill the void of a lost parent, the hugs they gave and received from the littlest and the smiles they put on the children’s faces will stay with them for a long time.

“I’m very proud of our students and our staff and our parents and the way everyone came together to make this happen,” said Leslie Laurie Wood, Vice President of American Heritage School.

This entire relief project was truly a team effort that could not have been possible without the generosity of our entire American Heritage family. A special thank you to Leslie Laurie Wood, Robert Stone, Sally Schleifer, Holly Mattson, Carlos Pulido, the Doyle family, Clint Russell, Maria Cavallo, Hope Gheorge, Michael Appelbaum, the student broadcast crew from 909live, and everyone who generously donated supplies and volunteer hours.