Recovery efforts following the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy earlier this month are in full force. One New Jersey school district is taking a big step to ensure its students are back in the classroom as quickly as possible.
Robert L. Craig Elementary School in Moonachie was hit hard by the tidal surge during Sandy, as a riverbank overflowed and water levels spiked to five feet above ground across the entire community in a matter of minutes, according to The Associated Press. The school sustained severe damage.
“I love my school, it’s my home away from home,” 13-year-old Sarah Reyes, a student at Robert L. Craig told the Bergen Record following the storm. “I can focus but in the back of your mind is that your school is ruined.”
Reyes and her fellow students were left wondering how and when they’d be able to get back into the classroom. This is when the Moonachie School District jumped in, confirming last week that it plans to partner with ModSpace to install a 32,000 square-foot learning space by early December. The modular classrooms will be installed on the field next to the school, and provide an immediate solution for the hundreds of displaced students, who have been relocated to other schools in the Wood-Ridge area.
John Lieffrig, vice president of North American Sales for ModSpace, says that the company will be working through Thanksgiving to ensure students are provided with a stable environment in which to learn.
“I’m glad we’ll be able to help get the students back on site,” Lieffrig says. “While they won’t be in the original building, this is definitely the next best thing as they’ll be able to go to school in their neighborhood and in a place familiar to them.”