Here’s three more updates about what locals and members are doing to benefit flood victims.
- The Middleburgh Central Schools Teachers Association, with 92 members, raised just over $10,000 to benefit the flood victims of the Middleburgh school community. Members voted to match the $5,500 donation made by The Rolphie Fund to Middleburgh students. The Rolphie Fund is a charitable organization that raises funds for needy students in Schoharie County schools. These funds help fill a wide variety of needs. They help cover; costs of a class trip, college application fees, warm clothing, eye glasses. Families simply contact the school counselor to request funds. The rest of the funds will go directly to help re-build the community through gift certificate to employees and retirees of the district who were impacted by flooding. (The gift certificates are to local businesses and restaurants that were also affected by flooding.) Employees and retirees will also receive a small check to help defray costs associated with cleaning and construction.
- The United Federation of Teachers donated 200 Multicolored Construction Paper Packs, 200 Sketch Pads, 200 Storytelling Paper Packs, 200 Triangular Crayon Packs and 200 Watercolor Paint Sets to the children of the Owego Elementary school.
- The Professional Staff Association of NYSUT raised almost $6,000 in funds for three different efforts and then the union decided to donate the $800 it would normally spend on a holiday card toward the efforts. So all told the Laughing Place of Owego will receive $1,260 toward its efforts to replace classroom materials; NYSUT’s Disaster Relief Fund, $2,230 toward direct support for members; and the Middleburgh technology department $3,125 toward efforts to replace equipment for the high school program.