Keep our traumatized children together.
  • Petitioned NYC DOE, Chancellor Walcott, Mayor Bloomberg

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NYC DOE, Chancellor Walcott, Mayor Bloomberg

Keep our traumatized children together.

    1. Jean  Belford
    2. Petition by

      Jean Belford

      Belle Harbor, NY

As you have witnessed on the news, Rockaway was one of the hardest hit areas by Hurricane Sandy. Many people have lost their homes, most prized possessions, and lived through events that will emotionally affect them for years to come. The most vunerable residents are our children. Each of them is asking to go home, to see their friends, and to go back to school. The New York City Department of Education's plan is to separate our children and send them to as many as seven different schools. It is very clear that they won't be being taught by their current teachers, who are also displaced. As a community that is broken, it is in the best interest of our children to keep them with their community, their lovng teachers, and help to show them that Mayor Bloomberg and NYC really mean it when they say they say they are going to help the people of Rockaway. Mayor Bloomberg, you have listened to our needs in recent days. We implore you to meet the need closest tho our hearts...help our children. They need educational services and, most likely, mental health counseling. Keep them with their class, their teachers, their community. Trailers can be set up in the Parking lot of either Riis Park or Aviator Sports Center, both are enormous. The majority of us will be back in our homes long before PS/MS114 reopens its doors. Get those trailers. Thank you for showing the people of Rockaway and the people of NYC that you realize our needs stretch far beyond repairing the infrastructure...

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    • eva jankowsky BROOKLYN, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      We live in Gerritsen beach and until my house is fixed, i need to move out of the neighborhood..I will be driving my son back to his school everyday. It is so important for these children to have some normalcy. Please do not separate them. They have been through enough.

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    • CAROL JIMENEZ WEST NEW YORK, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because it's very important that after a disaster kids can have some kind of stability

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    • Megan Rice LYNBROOK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      As a pre-service teacher, I know how important it is to keep things as normal as possible for the children. The children have been through more than enough already and by splitting them up from their teachers and peers, it is actually going to hurt them more in the long run. It will take ten times longer for them to adjust to their new surroundings and possibly not be able to learn anything and take in new information at that time. PLEASE KEEP THE CHILDREN AND TEACHERS TOGETHER FROM THE ROCKAWAYS!

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    • Mary Hughes BREEZY POINT, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Our Children!!!!!!!! Our Community!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Patricia Doxey VA. BEACH, VA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The children are already tramatized eouugh, they need things that are familiar to them and make them feel safe. Their school year has been interupted enough. This storm will probably mess up so many students year/grades. It will look bad when they are trying to get into a good school down the road. They need love, support & continuation of their lives before Sandy. Please help them towards normalcy.

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