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|About||SJCA Strong was founded to bring awareness to and assist in the rebuild efforts of St. John Christian Academy (SJCA), devastated by Hurricane Irma.|
|Mission||SJCA Strong is a relief fund dedicated to bringing awareness to and assisting in the rebuild efforts of St. John Christian Academy, devastated by Hurricane Irma.|
As Hurricane Irma hit the tiny island of St. John and my beloved former home, I couldn’t help but immediately think to myself, ‘I must do something to help.’ While I fled South Florida to escape Irma stateside, it gave me time to scour the Internet in search of articles, images, anything really, that provided information on St. John and its post-hurricane status. Several Facebook messages to St. Johnians went unanswered, but within days, my initial findings turned out to be true: their replies expressed they were alive, but the island had been devastated beyond recognition and they needed assistance.
Spotty communication began between Kemuel Bailey and me, a former student (and current teacher) at St. John Christian Academy, the tiny missions school I taught at while living on St. John. Because Kemuel’s brother Kevaughn had better mobile service, he would pass along the messages to him, and soon, Kevaughn’s countless messages came pouring in that the school had made it, but with its fair share of problems. The roof ripped off of the Computer Lab, technology was damaged beyond repair, classrooms were flooded, and the list went on. A stirring in my heart to help evolved into one solid focus: to raise awareness and assist in the rebuild efforts of St. John Christian Academy (SJCA), where my career as an educator began.
From that focus, SJCA Strong was created.