REF has established an emergency fund to provide financial relief related to the school closures due to COVID-19. While closing schools is challenging for all communities, it is particularly challenging here, where 90% of students qualify for free and reduced price lunch and the majority of our parents work hourly service jobs. We are working closely with Ravenswood City School District Superintendent Gina Sudaria and her team to plan and address specific needs, including in technology and distance learning, food and food distribution, emergency childcare, and financial support. We are also liaising with city officials, local non-profits, and community service providers to coordinate efforts across the district and the local community. Please note, if emergency needs do not deplete the fund, your donations will roll over to support district programs as students, teachers, and staff return to school.