MacArthur Elementary in New York was hit by the flood in September 2011
Wednesday September 7th, 2011 was the first day of school for excited new and current students at MacArthur Elementary school in Broome County. Within hours, a natural disaster occurred in Binghamton, NY and the surrounding areas. Several hundred people lost their homes and places of employment. MacArthur school had 4 ½ feet of water inside the school which has resulted in the school being contaminated, with possibly several years of displacement for the students and staff. The community has opened its arms to provide alternate sites for the students to attend. Unfortunately approximately 600 students are now separated into three different schools within the city.
Besides the building being damaged, just about everything had to be disposed of due to the contamination. This includes all text books, library books, workbooks, and student records. This alone is a sufficient loss not to mention the expense and loss of the entire computer and smart board systems.
The school is a very close knit community of students and staff. The teachers have had to scrape together what they could from other schools and use their own money to make an environment that would be warm and inviting, as well conducive to learning. After only 12 days of getting the new schools ready for the students, school for MacArthur students finally resumed on September 19th at their “temporary locations”.
It will take years before the school building and contents are replaced. Not to mention the enormous cost of rebuilding. Donations of new books from the Paperback Swap community would help with the rebuilding process for both the school library as well as the classroom libraries for the students to enjoy.
Please strongly consider helping MacArthur recover and begin to rebuild the students' love for reading!
Maria McIver, Principal
Andrea Barnett, teacher
Update from the MacArthur Elementary School - Binghamton, NY :
We are so excited to be receive the books.
Due to our recent misfortune with the Flood of 2011, we are excited to be receiving this wonderful gift. The students are looking forward to getting the books in their hands. Thank you to everyone who donated to our school!
Maria J. McIver, Principal
Dear Paperback Swap Community,
Thank you very much for the donations of credits to be used toward new books!
After suffering the loss and contents of a school, receiving new books will put a smile on the students' and teachers' faces. Thank you again from the bottom of all our hearts.