Schalmont scrambling to help

As soon as Hurricane Irene hit their area, Schalmont TA president Mary Beth Flatley said calls started coming in to her from teachers asking how they could help. Many students and their families — and at least three teachers — have  homes in Rotterdam Junction that were severely flooded and will likely be condemned, Flatley reports. Some already have condemnation notices on them.

The storm whipped through the area on Sunday, but it was on Monday when the worst devastation took place – the Mohawk River flooded parts of Rotterdam Junction, swiftly overtaking Erie Street.

The TA is collecting school supplies and backpacks from businesses, and will be purchasing plastic bins and cleaning supplies for families. For more information, or to make a donation, contact Flatley at

Meanwhile, homeless Schalmont district students can find out how to arrange transportation to school on the district’s web site , or they can use the above e-mail for information about assistance with supplies. School is set to begin on Thursday, Sept. 8. Teachers will be meeting on Tuesday after staff development day to sort supplies and plan distribution.

Some teachers are also working with other local volunteers to sort supplies at the Rotterdam fire station, where people have been dropping off donations.

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