Hurricane Irma Relief for Virgin Islands Montessori School

For: Virgin Islands Montessori School
St Thomas, Virgin Islands, U.s.
Organizer: Peggy Hunt
Hurricane Irma Relief for Virgin Islands Montessori School (Virgin Islands Montessori School)
$64,641
of $100,000 goal
64% Complete
Raised by 383 donors

The Story

Virgin Islands Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy is a non-profit 501c3 Toddler through 12 school in the U.S. Virgin Islands. On September 6, 2017 our island took a direct hit from Category 5 Hurricane Irma and has been declared a national disaster. The aftermath of the storm is devastating to our school and our island. Even worse, Hurricane Maria followed soon after, the first time two Category 5 storms have barreled through the Atlantic. The island will be without power for months. We have already set the record for the longest outage in US history. The population of our Montessori and IB school is made of mainly rural middle income families. Half of our students are provided financial aid in order to attend. Many of our families own and run their own small businesses. As our island attempts to rebuild, we will have families without power and many who have physically lost their homes or businesses.  It is essential that our school remain viable and continue to serve the island's youth as it has for the past 53 years.  This includes providing financial aid to devastated families and funds to rebuild our severely damaged school. Please consider making a donation to enable us to keep our doors open for education and our island's future.  

What Your Donation Can Provide:

$19.99-- A Case of #2 Pencils A school room classic!   

$24.35-- 5 Gallons of Diesel for Our Generators Our generators power everything on campus. Each gallon is important!    

$54.99-- First Aid Carryall Coach Nurse could use several more of these to populate the campus.    

$97.40-- New Science Textbook for a 9th Grader A great deal of textbooks were ruined with damaged roofs and flooding. You can replace one and make a child's life easier.    

$229.99-- Large Wooden Classroom Storage Shelves Shelves of all kinds became waterlogged in the storms and have already started disintegrating and molding. We use shelves to neatly store all of our Montessori work, and we need a lot of replacements!    

$350.00-- Materials Fee for Upper Elementary Sponsor a 4th-6th grader's materials fee for the year.    

$500.00-- Tech and Accreditation Fees for 7th Grade Our IA students use technology for nearly all aspects of their academic education, and you can sponsor the yearly fee for one of these students!    

$1,100.00-- DP Test, Tech & Accreditation Fees for a Senior Senior year can be very stressful as teens try to determine which colleges to apply to and study hard for exams. Help a senior out by taking the yearly fees off of their family's plate.    

$2,013.99-- Furnish an Entire Toddler Classroom Most of our furniture was ruined. You can replace all the furniture in a toddler classroom with high quality wood tables, chairs and bookshelves.    

$3,615.00-- Semester of Primary Tuition Many families cannot afford tuition at all. Parents have lost jobs and families have lost homes. Sponsor a child who could not otherwise afford tuition.    

$10,500.00-- Full Year of Tuition for a Primary Student Help increase our financial aid offerings by providing a full scholarship to one child whose family has suffered extensive losses in the hurricanes.    

$16,500.00 Full Year of Tuition for a Senior Senior year is extremely important for a child's future. It's important that all VIMSIA seniors can finish their schooling here, regardless of financial constraints.      

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 18, 2018

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Posted on June 18, 2018

As another successful year comes to an end, we'd like to once again thank all of our generous stakeholders for their support and well wishes. We invite you to check out our BLOG and the many amazing accomplishments our students have achieved because of you.  Soon, our YouCaring site will be migrating and we'd love to stay in touch. Make sure to keep up with the latest and the greatest by reading our BLOG page. Thank you!


Posted on March 1, 2018

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Posted on March 1, 2018

This year had posed its own set of unique challenges with a wide variety of recovery efforts and opportunities to reanalyze our future’s path.  It’s because of generous stakeholders like yourself that we can push forward and not only continue to rebuild, but lead the way with quality education and environmentally sustainable initiatives. 

We constantly hear our Head of School, Michael Bornn say "we're not trying to get back to September 2017, we're rebuilding with September 2022 in mind!"  With your help, Virgin Islands Montessori School and Peter Gruber International Academy students can continue to benefit from abundant opportunities to learn, grow and excel. Your contribution will also assist us with providing financial aid to prospective students.  Please consider supporting our cause, your help means the world to our school! 


Posted on December 21, 2017

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Posted on December 21, 2017

In the wake of hurricanes Irma & Maria in the US Virgin Islands in September of 2017, it is only because of generous donations such as yours that we have been able to persevere and keep our doors open. 

Twenty-five days after the two category five hurricanes, we re-opened our doors to our community, albeit without any power, water or communication services. We welcomed back all families, whether or not they were able to pay tuition. Our goal was to begin to restore normalcy to a community that had been shaken to its core. 

It was just today, after 107 days without electricity, that our power was returned to campus.   We survived through the fall semester with donations from individuals like yourself, to help us pay staff and necessary operational bills. We cannot thank you enough for your support and altruistic actions.   

We are true surVIvors and will grow to be better than we were before the storms. #VISTRONG   

With the utmost gratitude,  the staff and families of VIMSIA

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