DUNKIRK, N.Y.: –--While attending a presentation Friday with Edwin Ramos, Dunkirk City Clerk, celebrating National Hispanic Heritage month, Mrs. Jenny Tilaro of the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School (NCCS) announced a free tuition program for Hurricane Maria victims.
Tilaro was working with Mayor Rosas and his administration in recent weeks on outreach initiatives to the Hispanic community when the hurricane occurred. The idea for relief to refugees was presented to Mrs. Tilaro by John Galley, NCCS Finance Manager. Galley envisioned the program providing a humanitarian effort, which coincides with the school’s belief of helping our fellow brothers and sisters.
“Free tuition is being offered for the 2017-2018 school year to children of Puerto Rico who have been displaced due to the devastation left behind from Hurricane Maria,” said Mrs. Tilaro, NCCS Principal. Puerto Rico closed 127 schools in May of this year, displacing approximately 10,000 students to other districts that were several more miles away from their former school districts. On top of that, they are being displaced by the hurricane. By opening doors to these children, NCCS hopes to alleviate some of the stress in transition by providing them a smaller school setting with more individualized attention.
When Tilaro approached Sister Carol Cimino, Superintendent of Catholic Schools Buffalo Diocese regarding the program she immediately agreed with effort and the plan for free tuition. Through the Diocese Tilaro has also connected with another Buffalo private school who said they would do their own fundraisers to get school supplies for the kids when they get here.
Edwin Rosas will also introduce Tilaro to families who may have children relocating to Dunkirk as refugees.