Some Of Our Schools Are Still Devastated By Hurricane Irma...

Hurricane Irma Hits Florida Schools


Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Lower Keys on September 10, 2017. Irma hit Florida as a fierce Category 4 storm. Irma brought storm surges, flooding, tornadoes and high winds that battered the state. While the true financial impact to the Sunshine State will not be known for years to come, researchers at Florida International University estimate wind damages alone could reach as high as $19 billion.

Unfortunately, some of Step Up’s partner schools were devastated, and damages from the storm continue to impact student learning. Students, parents, teachers and administrators are resilient, and work has begun to mitigate the damages, but there is still a tremendous amount of repairs needed to be done at several schools.

Step Up’s Office of Student Learning Team has identified four severely damaged schools: Temple Christian School in North Fort Myers; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School in Naples; Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Key West; and Saint James Christian Academy in Fort Pierce. 

Schools Affected:

  • Temple Christian School, North Fort Myers, Fl
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Naples, Fl
  • Basilica School of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Key West, Fl
  • Saint James Christian Academy, Fort Pierce, FL

Temple Christian School, North Fort Myers, FL


Temple Christian School is an accredited K through 12th grade school founded in 1976 as an outreach ministry of the Temple Baptist Church. The school’s motto is “Building Champions for Christ.” More than 50 of Temple Christian’s 105 students are Step Up scholars.

Below are pictures of the damage at Temple Christian. You’ll notice many students working together in the cafeteria since most classrooms were destroyed by flooding. The school sustained about $240,000 in damages, not all of which will be covered by insurance. The school also must cover a $35,000 deductible. Donors like you can help get Temple Christian students back in their classrooms.

Questions: Please contact Heidie Nesset, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Step Up For Students: hnesset@sufs.org, 678-772-0437