Thursday, November 8, 2012

School Supplies for Hurricane Sandy Victims

The students and staff at my school I have started collecting several items for the victims of hurricane Sandy. We have been collecting household items, cleaning supplies and food. We have already made one delivery to Union Beach, NJ.  Several students were displaced from their schools. Some schools will be started up in local community centers and churches, but they have little supplies since the schools and classrooms were damaged. There are entire towns that people have not been allowed to return to because they are not structurally safe.
I will be starting a collection of school supplies and art supplies to bring to the areas that need them. Can you start a collection from you students and school today???  If your students or school can donate ANYTHING I am sure it would be appreciated! I found this page on FB

http://www.facebook.com/SchoolSuppliesForHurricaneSandyVictims#!/SchoolSuppliesForHurricaneSandyVictims

This page lets your school adopt a school that needs supplies. If you want to mail some supplies but you can't adopt a school right now you can send them to :
Jessica Wisniewski
c/o School Supplies for Hurricane Sandy Victims
P.O. Box 437
Helmetta, NJ 08828

Or you can ship the supplies to my school and I will drive them to the address above.
James Monroe El .School
Lori DeCoite
7 Sharp Road
 Edison, NJ 08837

Thank you blogger friends!! I know we can make a difference!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Post Sandy in NJ

Hello my fellow bloggers..
Our state was hit very hard by Hurricane Sandy, especially along the coast. Eighty percent of our state was with our power. We were only out for 3 days, but many are still out. There are people who lost their homes and all of their belongings. Many of the people who live along the coast are in shelters or are with friends and family indefinitl . It will be a long process to build the Jersey shore back up but it will be better then ever have no doubt!
 If you have seen the show Jersey Shore but have never been to our wonderful beaches PLEASE do not judge us by that show!! I have terrific childhood memories of making drippy castles on the beach and eating ice cream on the boardwalk by the amusement rides. I have continued to share these summer traditions with my family and I hope they continue it with their children.
As you know the storm hit Monday night. We have been out of school all week due to the lack of power.  I am looking forward to going back to school and to seeing my students! As we all know art is a great way to get out your feelings. I am sure this kiddos have also of unsure emotions inside them right now. I hopped online today to get inspired from my blogging peeps and wham there it was.. this is going to be my lesson with a little hurricane sandy twist... http://ourartlately.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-spectrum-of-our-personalities.html
Ms. Davis from we heart art blog thank you for inspiring me on a day and week that I was not feeling much inspiration!

One other note... I had an idea about collecting art supplies and school supplies from my bloggers and their schools to donate to a local shelter (sayreville, NJ). This was one of the very hard hit areas during hurricane sandy. Would Any of you be interested in having your schools or your students donate art supplies to send? You could ship them to my school and I will take them to the shelter.
Lori DeCoite
James Monroe El. School
7 Sharp Road Edison, NJ 08837
(732) 452-2970
This is a picture of me  taken this morning. I was helping with a donation that was going to Keyport NJ, another hard hit area of NJ. 
Together we can make a difference!! Thanks Everyone!