For Hurricane Evacuee And Mom, Persistence Leads To Graduation

Commencement was two days away and Karina Lasalle Arroyo had hauled out nearly seven months’ worth of luggage from her time in Connecticut. She stood in a dormitory parking lot and confirmed she was ready to go home. “More than ready,” Lasalle, 21, said with a laugh. Check out the full story By Vanessa de … More For Hurricane Evacuee And Mom, Persistence Leads To Graduation

As Hartford Becomes Home, Puerto Rican Evacuees Take A Trip To Mark Twain House

Minutes into touring the Mark Twain House in Hartford, the visitors came across a black-and-white photo of a young Clara Clemens, a daughter of Mark Twain. Soon, it dawned on everyone that Clara looks a lot like Milianis Rivera, a Puerto Rican evacuee. “Yes, yes. … I saw it right away,” said the tour guide, … More As Hartford Becomes Home, Puerto Rican Evacuees Take A Trip To Mark Twain House

Puerto Rican Evacuees Become College Mentors At Hartford’s Bulkeley High

Communications major Marivelisse Acosta attends Central Connecticut State University. But on Wednesday night, she stood in the cafeteria of Hartford’s Bulkeley High School, contemplating what to say as a mentor to the school’s displaced students from Puerto Rico. “You’re so much better than what you’ve gone through,” said Acosta, 19, herself a Puerto Rican evacuee. … More Puerto Rican Evacuees Become College Mentors At Hartford’s Bulkeley High

Displaced By The Storm, Puerto Rican Students Settle In At Connecticut College

It’s lunchtime at Central Connecticut State University and 10 students converge on their usual spot in the dining hall. They start talking about the food — and it becomes clear that they don’t love the rice. They explain that it’s not as seasoned as the homemade arroz in Puerto Rico. So pizza it is. “I literally eat … More Displaced By The Storm, Puerto Rican Students Settle In At Connecticut College

In Aftermath Of Hurricane Maria, Hartford Educators Say They Need More Help

It’s mid-March and Hartford Public High School teacher Bridget Allison goes over essay-writing tips for her fourth-period class. After a while, she checks in on a group of students who are seated together — a few of the evacuees from Puerto Rico. She wants to make sure they understood her instructions. But Allison doesn’t speak … More In Aftermath Of Hurricane Maria, Hartford Educators Say They Need More Help