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DHS students worry about their relatives in Puerto Rico

By Amaya Casey
The Citizen Staff Writer

   On Sept. 20th, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of up to 155 mph hitting the island. The hurricane destroyed roads, houses, power lines and trees leaving residents not able to communicate with their families.
   Many students that attend DHS have relatives that live in Puerto Rico.
   Sulymar Ortiz, junior, has been worried about her family.
   She said that her whole family is in Puerto Rico including her “grandmother, her step-grandmother and her cousins.”
   She added that “I’ve heard from my aunt … but not from my grandmother.” She wishes she could to to Puerto Rico “to look for my family.”
   Keishla Berrios, junior, is also worried.
   She said that almost her whole family lives in Puerto Rico and that she hasn’t had contact with them in months.
   Recently DHS held a fundraiser to support the victims affected by the hurricane with the money being donated to the American Red Cross.
    Most experts say that Puerto Rico will be without power for up to nine months.


Photo caption: Ms. Villafrank, ENL teacher, organized a fund-raising event to aid the people in Puerto Rico. Sophomores Max Valle Maldonado and Tanysha Pagan helped sell wristbands for the fundraiser. 

Photo by Nichaela Cave