West Sends Support to Puerto Rico


Students from Long Beach’s West School spent time in November collecting disaster relief funds in an initiative dubbed, “Change for Puerto Rico.” A joint effort of the entire student body, PTA and staff, this project supported the Surf for All organization’s mission to bring aid to those affected by Hurricane Maria.

On Nov. 17, Woody Skudin of Surf for All visited West and accepted a check in the amount of $1,070 from representatives of each class. Mr. Skudin explained to the students that the funds would help with the purchase of several chainsaws to cut and clear downed trees, shrubbery and other storm debris that blocked roads from the distribution of vital supplies. Mr. Skudin departed for his journey to Puerto Rico on November 19th. 

“This was a school wide effort and children were delighted to share and help in this mission,” said Teacher in Charge Donna Fee. “As we have learned through difficult times, there are lessons to be learned.”