GEORGETOWN — Sussex Central High School junior Adam Bobak has never been to Puerto Rico.
“But I hope to go, with my aunt,” he said.
Until then, his connection to the hurricane-ravaged United States territory is a technological/communications care package linked to a school project.
Refurbished computers, monitors and cellphones are slated to be shipped sometime in early March to Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in late September several weeks after Hurricane Irma skirted the Caribbean island.
It’s all part of Adam’s CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) project for Sussex Central’s International Baccalaureate Diploma program.
“It’s a requirement for any IBD student.” Adam said. “It has to have global impact and you must learn from it. You must benefit the people you are doing it for. And it must include the community and a supervisor.”
Five months later, Puerto Rico is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, which destroyed most of the island’s electric grid.
“I have always revered computer sciences. I wanted to make our local community aware of the computer sciences,” said Adam. “I then heard of the effects that Hurricanes Irma and Maria had on Puerto Rico. So, I thought I could help them in the process. That is where this idea kind of originated.”
“I just knew they were in dire need. Many of their airports were clogged with people sending food and water so I wanted to wait until the initial wave died down to support this project,” Adam said. “I didn’t want to do something like with water because I wanted to give them something that would more or less last a longer time and kind of make up for the belongings lost.”