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Hinche Scholars Survive Hurricane, Earthquake – this time in VA!

August 29, 2011

Just a quick update to let you know that the four Hinche Scholars (Lude, Suze, Frandy, and Berry) survived unscathed after a week of wild weather here in Virginia.

On Monday a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Louisa, Virginia (just about 40 miles west of Richmond), but the tremblor was felt pretty strongly here as well. Thankfully Richmond suffered no damage, with the exception of some jittered nerves.

Then, this weekend, Hurricane Irene slammed Virginia with high wind, heavy rain and lots fallen trees. Once again the Hinche Scholars lucked out – no damage at their residence and no loss of power.

Although J. Sargeant Reynolds is closed today (8/29), the students are doing well and taking advantage of the day off to practice their English and get a jump start on homework.

Thanks to everyone who called and checked up on the students during this turbulent week. We truly appreciate all the help. At the moment we are still in need of the following items:

  • Food donations/Kroger or Wal-Mart Gift Cards
  • Clothing – particularly cold weather/winter clothes
  • Donated tolietries, soaps, personal care products
  • Books/cash for textbooks
  • School supplies – notebooks, pens, etc.
  • Bicycles
  • Laptop computers
  • Printer and ink cartridges
  • Television with VHS for ESL videos

If you can help us with any of these items, please contact Danny Yates at or at 804-543-7297.

Frandy, Lude, Danny, Suze, Danny's Grandmother, Berry and Danny's Brother in front of St. Paul's Church last Sunday.


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