Stepping Up To Help - Kids in Need Foundation

Stepping Up To Help

When a pipe burst and flooded The Intergenerational School, a charter school located in Cleveland, Ohio, the Cleveland Kids In Need Resource Center was able to step up and help the school get back to their normal routine.

On the evening of January 9, 2018, a pipe burst on an upper floor of The Intergenerational School, a charter school located in Cleveland, Ohio. Throughout the night, water flooded the entire building – unnoticed and unstopped – until a teacher arrived in the morning.

Nearly everything in the school was destroyed.

Recovering from such a loss is daunting. Where would they go to get the help they needed? Who even had the resources to provide and get the school back up and running? Even after the school was cleaned and open to use, how would they fill it with the supplies needed for teaching and for success in their classrooms?

The school turned to the community for help and found the Cleveland Kids In Need Resource Center ready and able to respond. The resource center has been a staple in the community providing school supplies to students most in need. It has been part of the Kids In Need Foundation’s Network of Resource Centers since 2001.

Cleveland Kids In Need Resource Center staff moved quickly to work with the school’s principal, Silvia Kruger, to obtain the list of most-needed items. The free teacher store opened their doors for a special shopping day for the school’s 25 educators to replenish the needs of their classrooms. The Center also donated numerous pallets of essential school supplies, including markers, pencils, pens, glue sticks, pocket folders, tape, and paper for the school’s 247 students.

Principal Kruger said, “Coming into the school that morning and seeing students’ work floating in water was wrenching. I reached out to Tammi Davis from Kids in Need who put together huge pallets of supplies based on the teachers’ wish list to get us back up and running. We were so grateful to have the basic supplies to reopen our school!”

The Intergenerational School reopened on February 1, thanks to the help of Cleveland Kids In Need Resource Center!

It’s often the small gestures that keep a community strong. We are proud of our Affiliate, Cleveland Kids In Need Resource Center, for stepping up when teachers needed them most!

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