Many say the United States of America is one of the best places to live on planet Earth. While America has its problems, healthcare is generally considered of the highest quality on the planet, workers can find steady employment, and violence is less common than in many underdeveloped countries.
Public schools, especially in low-income areas, are often underserved, leaving students with an overarching lack of appreciation and low standard of education. San Jose is no stranger to this undesirable reality, though Rocketship Education’s multiple locations have increased the average student’s retainment of knowledge and scores on statewide standardized tests.
Fortunately for students currently enrolled in Rocketship Education’s locations – called Rocketeers – and their families, faculty members at the school have shown they don’t want to leave children, or their families, behind.
The Coyote Creek Flood Of February, 2017
Coyote Creek is a body of water that runs through the Northern portion of San Jose, California, one of the largest cities in central California. In February, 2017, it flooded, leaving the densely-populated area with roughly 14,000 displaced residents.
More than 30 households contained members of Rocketship Education. Although conditions weren’t so bad that they leveled homes or filled them to the brims with water, residents were effectively forced out of their homes.
What were parents to do? It’s important to keep in mind that these households were almost all low-income, living paycheck-to-paycheck, unable to save any substantial sums of money to protect their families from uncertainty during potential disasters like the February, 2017 flood referenced herein.
Dulce And Family Didn’t Know What To Do
Dulce Gonzalez, then an 8-year-old student at one of Rocketship Education’s San Jose facilities, was one of the many that was forced to evacuate their residences.
Shortly after the flood hit the Coyote Creek area, Rocketship Education teamed up with Catholic-affiliated charities in the area to spread a whopping $62,000 across affected families that parented Rocketeers.
For only being around since 2006, Rocketship Education’s system of 17 schools is one of the best facilities in the United States. It expands its registry of locations served nearly every year.