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Scotland adopts Rockaways school

A third of the students and teachers at P.S. 104 lost their homes in Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy had a major effect on Ridgefield, but nothing compared to the storm’s impact on the Rockaways in Queens, lower Manhattan, Staten Island, and the New Jersey shore. The staff and families at Scotland School reached out to a school in the Rockaways. PS 104, its families and staff were devastated by the storm.

Fully one-third of the students in the school lost their homes and everything inside their homes. Most of the staff lived near the school and one-third of the teachers lost their homes as well. The principal of the school was without a home for six weeks.

Families lost everything — clothes, school supplies, furniture, all the necessities of living.

In an attempt to help what has become the sister school to Scotland, the students, faculty and families of Scotland School are doing a fund-raiser to raise money to assist PS 104 and its families. Scotland School has named the fund-raiser “Play It Forward.” Families at Scotland School are donating new and gently used games and toys. We are then going to have a giant “Play It Forward” sale in the Scotland gym on Jan. 23 and 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. At the sale, Scotland will be selling the donated games and toys to anyone in town who wishes to come to the sale, with 100% of the money raised going to PS 104, their families and staff.

This will also begin a process and a relationship between Scotland School and PS 104. On Friday, Jan. 4, staff members from PS 104 came to Scotland School to speak with the students and tell them about the plight of PS 104. The hope was to motivate the students and families to become deeply involved in PS 104’s recovery from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. In February, teachers Danielle Donovan, Wendy Hamann and Cheryl Osher will be traveling to PS 104 to take them the proceeds from the “Play It Forward” sale. During the spring vacation in April, Mr. Solomon has arranged to visit PS 104 and view the impact of Scotland School’s donations.

In addition to games and toys being donated from the Scotland families, Scotland will also accept donations from members of the community. Any community member who would like to donate new or gently used games or toys may bring them to Scotland School, during the school day, between Jan. 7 and Jan. 22.

Besides the games and toys to assist the families of PS 104, Scotland School is requesting the donation of the following items:

  • Gift cards of any kind, but especially gift cards to places like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Bed, Bath and Beyond, etc.
  • Jeans (all sizes, both male and female).
  • Work boots.
  • Baby supplies.
  • Socks.
  • Canned goods.
  • Cleaning supplies.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Paper towels.
  • Mops.
  • Garbage bags.

All donations for the above items may be brought to Scotland School and may also be brought to the “Play It Forward” sale. It would be great to make this not just a Scotland School effort but a Ridgefield community effort.

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