Flood recovery-classroom supplies WNPS
We are asking the community and our family and friends to come together to help our teachers be able to replace some of the items in their classrooms that spent their own money on. Our teachers work hard to create an amazing and fun learning environment for each of our kids! They have put things in their classrooms like carpets, games, books, learning tools, just about anything that might make learning more fun and exciting! We are trying to raise about 500 for each classroom. What money that does get donated we will disperse to the teachers evenly.
Every dollar helps! No donation is too small!!! Let's show how proud we are to be a West Navarre Star!
KATIE TAMMEN / Daily News
By KATIE TAMMEN / Daily News
Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 at 14:49 PM.
NAVARRE "” A steady stream of parents and district employees were in and out of West Navarre Primary as the school reopened its doors for the first time since it was flooded in last week's storms.
Only 11 classrooms, the front office area, the media center, the cafeteria and the kitchen escaped water damage. The rest of the school had between 1 and 2 inches of standing water in it.
"It's a huge loss, but it was better than I expected," said Principal Sandi Eubanks as she stood in front of the exposed concrete floor in the main hallway. "It's still a mess."
Piles of carpet and classroom supplies, double the height of the school's oldest students, sat outside the school Monday waiting to be trashed.
The school had to remove 98,400 square feet worth of carpet, according to Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick.
The replacement flooring costs will top $250,000.
"I was here Saturday and I was so scared, I said, "˜OK. I want a noon report, I want a 2 o'clock report, I want a 5 o'clock report.' " Wyrosdick said Monday morning as he oversaw the delivery of donated carpet squares to one of the hardest hit schools in Santa Rosa County.
An installation date wasn't clear Monday.
In addition to the flooring, the students will need to avoid the school's playgrounds until the sand can be replaced. Every school south of Interstate 10 will have its white sand replaced as a precaution, Wyrosdick said.
That will costs about $5,000.
The district is looking at a total cost of about $700,000 for repairs to all its properties.
Teachers were only allowed back into the K-2 school Sunday evening, so many were still putting their classrooms back together Monday morning.
All the first-grade classrooms were damaged and all but three of the kindergarten classes had issues, Eubanks said.
Only half of the 16 second-grade classrooms were damaged.
The cafeteria, media center and art classroom all had multiple classes in them so that teachers could reorganize classrooms with help from parents.
Eubanks said they're managing with the odd set of circumstances.
People from all over the community are offering their time or supplies to help the school resume normal operations as soon as possible.
"We are resilient," Eubanks said.
Want to help? An account has been set up to help teachers repurchase classroom items destroyed by water at www.gofundme.com/8tfigg
Wednesday morning we found out our school was not watertight. Mrs. Eubanks added a few tears to the hallways. Carpets were removed and LOTS of fans were brought in to dry out the hallways to prepare for the kids to come back on Monday!
My three oldest children have attended or currently attend WNPS. These teachers are amazing. They go above and beyond the call of duty for our kids. Every year, they dig deep into their own pockets to buy supplies and necessities for their classrooms. Many of those supplies and items were ruined by the crazy rain we had this week. It would be amazing to be able to give each of our teachers some money to replace some of the supplies items lost in their rooms....items like the area rugs on the floor to soften the room, bean bag chairs around the reading area, books they've collected over the years to share with their kids. These are things that the district didn't provide for them, things they paid for out of pocket. Let's come together as a community and show WNPS teachers how much we love and appreciate everything they do for our kiddos.