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SDMS Sending School Supplies To Tornado Victims

Posted On March 08, 2012
Henryville

Madeline Evans of Henryville, Ind., walks the parking lot of her elementary school, March 3, 2012. The school and much of her town was devastated by a large tornado less the day before. The Indiana National Guard activated more than 250 Soldiers from across the state to come to the aid of the community. (Indiana National Guard photo by Sgt. John Crosby)

 

 

Henryville

An aerial view of the damage done to Henryville Junior-Senior High School. Indianapolis Star

 

 

 

 

(Aurora, Ind.) – During a drive through tornado-stricken Henryville last weekend, South Dearborn Middle School principal Todd Bowers couldn’t believe the devastation.

 

“There were whole trees uprooted, semi tractors rolled over, who buildings gone. Even houses that were still standing had baseball and golf ball sized holes in them from the hail,” said Bowers.

 

Classes have been cancelled at West Clark Community Schools all week. Henryville Junior-Senior High School and Henryville Elementary were heavily damaged in the 49-mile EF4 tornado that tore through southern Indiana last Friday.

 

Being an educator, one of Bowers’ first thoughts was how would the students get along in the tornado’s wake?

 

“Kids can’t get back into schools to get their bookbags, their pens, pencils, rulers, or calculators. These are things they need,” said Bowers.

 

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This week, the South Dearborn Middle School Student Council has taken up the task of gathering school supplies to send to Henryville.

 

Items needed include pencils, paper, binders, backpacks, folders, calculators, and plastic totes and boxes. Donations are being taken at the school during regular school hours through 4:00 p.m. Friday.

 

“Anything a kid may need for school,” teacher Rand Ballart said.

 

So far, the response from the community has been overwhelming.

 

“It’s unbelievable. Mr. Bowers and I first thought we would load our trucks up and take stuff down. Now it’s become using an enclosed trailer and possibly a U-Haul,” said Ballart. “Our kids have been great. They don’t even know these kids (in Henryville) and they’re bringing stuff in.”

 

Meanwhile, administrators at West Clark Community Schools are in search of temporary classrooms for the 1,200 students affected.

 

Classroom computers and other items removed from the damaged schools are in storage for now.

 

The cost to repair the damaged schools has been estimated at $30 million. District officials hope to have them reopened by next fall.

 

LINKS:

 

Salvation Army In Holton Thurs., Fri.

 

Red Cross Opens Client Assistance Centers

 

Funeral Announced For Second Holton Victim

 

Rep. Frye to Host Disaster Relief Meeting

 

IDHS, FEMA Assess Holton Tornado Damage

 

Holton Tornado Donation Surge Continues

 

Funeral For Tornado Victim Tuesday

 

ISP Give Tornado Donation Tips

 

Tornado Cleanup Underway In Holton

 

NWS Confirms EF3 Tornado In Holton

 

IDHS Gives Latest On Tornado Response Efforts

 

US 50 Closed In Holton Saturday

 

Tornadoes: “It Hit Before We Knew It”