Please Help Us Save Our School

Michael Gilmore and his wife Sandy Santos of Rincon Puerto Rico are the owners of  Arts and Beyond Learning Center.

Hurricane Maria blew into Puerto Rico and decimated our island.  Nineteen days later we have no power, phone service, or internet.   We have limited access to money, gas and a limited availability of food.  What we do have is faith, hope and the will and desire to go on.  

Our dream of owning a school for children ages 7 to 14 has become not only a reality, but our livelihood.  In 2017 we expanded to 40 pupils on a larger site in Rincon, Puerto Rico, our hometown.  Arts and Beyond Learning Center teaches not only science, technology, engineering, math, the arts, but also compassion and empathy for others.  

Since Maria hit we have been picking up the peices trying to regain a sense of normalcy in daily life.  Our home escaped Maria's wrath, but our school did not fair as well.  We have spent countless hours clearing roadways, fallen trees and tons of brush an debris.  Our library and arts center needs rebuilding.  

We are asking our friends and family for help because it is the only way our school can open and survive in the very near future.  To get the school up and running, we have a myriad of expenditures and no immediate income.  Examples of where any donated money will be going include chain saws, generators, building materials, fuel for generators, teacher salaries, business rental expenses and possible tuition assistance.

If you are able to donate anything at all, it will be greatly appreciated.  These children are our future and need to be back in school and enjoying a less chaotic life.  Thank you for reading and please share.  

Much love from Mike, Sandy and Zach Gilmore.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Grace Gilmore 
Merrimac, MA
Michael Gilmore 
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