School supply donation drive nearing completion

December 18, 2012 by  

The school supply donation drive spearheaded by members of the Interact service learning club of Freeport High School in Freeport, Maine is scheduled to conclude on December 21. At that time, final arrangements will begin for January delivery of the collected materials to Leo F. Giblyn Elementary School in its namesake town of Freeport, New York.

The elementary school near Merrick suffered extensive flood damage in October’s Hurricane Sandy, necessitating the temporary relocation of the students to four other area schools. Though now back in their own building, students and teachers are still assessing their cumulative losses.

It is expected that insurance will cover repair of much of the building damage that resulted from upwards of six inches of standing water. Books and other paper items within two feet of the floor were generally a total loss, as were flooring tiles in many rooms and the gymnasium’s hardwood. Other ruined items, including instruction materials and teachers’ notes, cannot be replaced.

Described by local press as “a show of solidarity” with the community that shares its name, the supplies drive grew out of the Maine students’ empathy for the dislocation caused by the historic storm. Donation boxes have been placed in Freeport, Maine schools, as well as the town’s Community Services Center.

Those interested in making donations of cash or school supplies to Freeport or other Long Island schools may contact the respective district offices to inquire as to greatest need and/or to arrange delivery. Printing companies, as well as general merchandise and office supply retailers, are in a unique position to offer goods from their shelves to assist schools in rebuilding their stock of classroom materials.