Teachers still in need almost six months after Hurricane Michael

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Almost six months after Hurricane Michael, teachers are still in need of supplies and even classrooms.

Forty-three schools in our area were damaged as a result of Hurricane Michael, leaving teachers to pick up the pieces and put their classrooms back together.

Bill Husfelt, Superintendent of Bay District Schools, said, "Teachers spend thousands of dollars every year and if you multiply that by the number of years many of them have been teaching, that's a lot of money that they lost during the storm."

Bay High School Teacher Megan Todd is one of many who had to move their classroom to a portable as a result of the hurricane.

"You need what you need to teach so once you get it you can be more successful, but you got to have the things that you need," said Todd.

After hearing about the need for supplies, the Cramer family of Bill Cramer Chevrolet wanted to step up and help.

Bill Cramer, the owner of Bill Cramer Chevrolet, said, "Our family's going to pledge up to $50,000, which hopefully will be matched to accumulate $100,000, which should go a long way to taking care of the needs of our teachers in our classrooms."

The teachers are grateful to have people helping them.

"Throughout this, I'm just so thankful that we have had some sort of community outreach already and I'm so hopeful that we will be able to continue to do that," said Todd.

If you would like to donate you can send in checks to Bay Education Foundation, marked #ClaimAClassroom, 1311 Balboa Ave., Panama City, FL 32401 or you can purchase gift cards to be distributed directly to teachers and can send them to the same address.