Class held in the dark to raise awareness for Puerto Rico

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FLINT (WJRT) - (10/11/17) - No power means no lights, computers or other electronics in all three of Spanish Instructor Jessica Hunter's classes.

"It was different, it was not what I'm used to," she said. "I'm used to having presentations and being able to access the internet at all times and we had to work around it."

Hunter just got back from Puerto Rico and has friends living through the aftermath of Hurricane Maria right now. They're a few of the millions still without power.

"The fact that this is going on and so many people are without electricity, without clean water, without food to sustain themselves everyday, it's something that needs more attention," Hunter said.

She thought of the idea to teach in the dark just hours before her three classes Wednesday.

"I have articles printed and so they can read articles and take them home about what's going on," she explained. "But yeah, it's been funny to see how they've been really connecting through not being able to have the amenities that they're used to."

"It was really hard!" Student Kelsey Rodriguez said. "When we were doing vocabulary, you know, we were like squinting into our books, you know, trying to read the words. And, you can only imagine that they're living like this every single day."

Rodriguez says she's kept up on the relief efforts, but wishes more would be done.

"I think it's terrible and I think we should be doing a lot more," she said. "They are a part of the United States, they are our brothers and sisters so we should be helping them out."

Hunter says Puerto Rico will continue to be a topic in all of their classes. One of their assignments Wednesday is to come up with a plan for how they can help the victims of Maria.

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