The Association for Learning Environments Calls its Members to Action in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

For Immediate Release

August 29, 2017

Janell Weihs

WASHINGTON, DC – Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to our members, their families and communities in coastal Texas and Louisiana, part of the association's southern region, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's devastating destruction and flooding. The people of Texas has been dealt an overwhelming blow and have responded with heroic and dramatic efforts. In the coming weeks, the Association for Learning Environments will be calling its members to action to help in any way possible.

"In past disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and the deadly tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, association members have responded and helped with reconstruction in many ways," stated David Schrader, chairman, Association for Learning Environments Board of Directors. "The Association will make every effort to provide those resources needed to assist in needs assessment and the rebuilding process. We are in touch with our southern region leadership, who will lead this effort, to assess what resources are required for both the short and long-term resolutions." he concluded.

Lisa Lamkin, president of the association's southern region, confirmed, "The region is working with our members and partner organizations in establishing an action plan to assist in reestablishing thriving communities through healing the critical centers of community: our children's schools."

The association produced a guide for disaster management and planning immediately after Hurricanes Katrina/Rita, which is available on the association's website.

The Association for Learning Environments is the only professional organization whose primary purpose is improving the places where children learn. With approximately 4,600 members, the Association encompasses six geographic regions across the United States, and supports regional representation in Canada, Australasia, and the UK. The Association embraces a collaborative network of professionals with one single goal – building healthy, safe, resilient and sustainable 21st Century learning places that inspire transformation in education, enhance student and teacher performance, and support culture and community vitality. To learn more visit our web site or follow us on social media.
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