Rapid City students donate to teacher's family in Puerto Rico


Rapid City students donate to teacher’s family in Puerto Rico.

Rapid City High School students and faculty observed Native American Day on Thursday and got the chance to help a teacher in his family’s time of need.

On their lunch break, students filled a bright, bustling classroom. They drew inspirational messages on massive sheets of paper, and ate traditional Indian tacos.

In the front of the room sat a coffee can open for donations toward the family of physical education and graphic design teacher Ryan Brewer.

Brewer stood at the front of the room, thumbing through photos of his wife Ivelisse and his three children: Milehna, Alihna and Luca.

Photo courtesy: Ryan Brewer

His family is in Puerto Rico in Juncos, suffering in conditions like they have never seen. After Hurricane Maria, Brewer did not hear from his family for nearly three days.

He reflected upon the moment he finally heard from his wife while he was teaching a class at Rapid City High.

“Knowing what's going on is such a hopeless and helpless feeling, and so just seeing her texts saying everything was okay - it was such a relief,” Brewer said as he smiled. “It was like I could breathe again.”

Brewer also said that a few teachers at Rapid City High came together and sent his family a box of essentials, like fresh water and toiletries from Amazon.com. Brewer expressed his gratitude toward the Rapid City community for being so supportive in his family's time of need.

Photo courtesy: Ryan Brewer

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