The floods came and Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School District closed down following some of the worse damage from the storm. Buildings were damaged; sports fields were damaged; school buses were damaged. Lives were changed at every level.
Come Monday, September 26, 2011, almost a month after the Hurricane/Tropical Storm named Irene hit upstate New York, the district finally opened for business—including four new DOT-inspected school buses (see picture below) that went into service on the ‘first day’. The Albany Times-Union carried this story about the situation on the front page of its September 27th edition… “Windham Returns to Class”
Congratulations to all in this district and all the districts that have struggled to put all the pieces together following back to back tropical storm events. The list is long and the hardship has been devastating for many. The problems will not simply disappear. They will take months of hard work and neighborly cooperation and support.
Consider contributing to the need through the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army or other resources that are helping these areas out. There are groups helping farmers, supporting libraries to re-build, assisting students at SUNY who need help and many more. The need is great.