Rebuild Gilboa Fund
On the morning of August 28, the heavy rains of Irene flooded our community. Flood waters swelled the Schoharie Creek and raced through the town of Prattsville and left it virtually destroyed. Homes were knocked off their foundations, an entire trailer park was decimated with trailers pushed across open fields and into the Schoharie Reservoir, family cars were sucked into the raging waters. By nightfall, residents were left clinging to the roofs of their homes hoping for rescue.
The flooding waters filled the Schoharie Reservoir and threatened the capacity of the Gilboa dam. Although the dam ultimately held, the waters spilled over the dam and raced down through the Schoharie Valley — destroying Blenheim (another town in our school district) and then flooding Middleburgh and Schoharie as well.
Our district lost essential components of our infrastructure. Parts of Route 30 no longer exist between Blenheim and Middleburgh. Bridges have been washed out. Power was out for a week. Telephone service was out for almost three weeks. People lost their homes, their only means of transportation, their places of employment. Many were left with only the clothes on their backs.
Although individual counties are helping their residents come back from this disaster, our school serves children in three different counties. Once a child comes through our doors, they are our children. Our school needs to serve all our students. And those students have great needs now. That is what this website is all about.
The problems that our local communities face will not be solved quickly. It takes time to build housing, roads, bridges, and so on. The problems our students face are also going to be long term. Our goal is to support our students in any way we can and to create a safe and loving school environment.
We need your help and you most certainly have our gratitude.