The schools in Puerto Rico are facing massive challenges.
All the public schools are without electricity, and more than half don't have water. More than 100 are still functioning as shelters.
But Puerto Rico's secretary of education, Julia Keleher, tells us that the schools that are open are serving as connection points for communities. They've become a place where children and their families can eat a hot meal and get some emotional support, too.
[For more on this story by MERRIT KENNEDY, go to http://www.npr.org/sections/ed...nnecting-communities]
Photo: In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, residents meet with FEMA representatives to file forms for federal aid at the Jose de Diego Elementary School in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 2.