After Typhoon Yolanda swept through the Visayas in November 2013, people all over the world were moved to help out in any way possible. The students of Jericho High School in Long Island, New York, felt especially connected to the people of the Philippines because of their own experience during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The 9th grade class, led by class president Chase Serota, put up donation boxes around their school. They were able to raise $320 in just a few months and chose to present the funds to the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) to decide how best to use the money to help the Yolanda survivors.
On May 29, 2014, PRRM was able to purchase enough backpacks and school supplies for 100 elementary students in Barangay Bacjao, Balangiga, Eastern Samar, with the money from Jericho High School. Balangiga was selected since the town suffered complete devastation after the super typhoon.
During the second week of June, the backpacks, each filled with a pencil case, pencil, pen, a tube of paste, toothbrush, comb, and headband, will be distributed by PRRM in time for the beginning of the school year.
March 8, 2014, Cocoon Boutique Hotel
Quezon City, Philippines