We helped rebuild the Robert L. Craig Elementary School in Moonachie NJ after Hurricane Sandy destroyed it.
OCTOBER 26, 2013, 6:55 PM LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2013, 12:42 AM
BY REBECCA D. O'BRIEN
STAFF WRITERMOONACHIE — For nearly a year after Superstorm Sandy, the 280 students at the Robert L. Craig Elementary School were taught in trailers erected on school grounds; the school was so severely damaged that classrooms didn’t open until September. Now the school will have a colorful playground, outdoor picnic tables and festive landscaping, thanks to more than 150 volunteers who came out to Moonachie on Saturday as part of a statewide Sandy recovery push timed to the anniversary of the devastating storm. Sandy Service Day, sponsored by the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund and volunteer group Jersey Cares, mobilized an estimated 5,000 volunteers for 83 projects in Atlantic, Bergen, Hudson, Monmouth and Ocean counties. The efforts focused on communities hard-hit by last October’s storm, and included beach cleanups, fence installation, field and park revitalization, home repairs, and rebuilding school playgrounds. In Belmar, volunteers assembled welcome kits for returning families. In Seaside Heights, they pitched in at a community library. In Brigantine, they repaired homes. Moonachie and surrounding towns were inundated when Sandy struck, pushing Atlantic Ocean waters up the Hackensack River and into the Meadowlands. The Robert L. Craig School, which serves pre-K through eighth graders, had several feet of water throughout the building after the storm — much of the school’s books and other materials were lost. Moonachie students were bused to Wood-Ridge for two months before moving to the trailers. Governor Christie visited the school and spoke with students when it re-opened in September. - Read more...