105 Re-Opens After 71 Days of Displacement
On Monday January 7th, PS/MS 105 students returned to their school after a long absence. Principal Laurie Shapiro welcomed more than 750 students back home to The Bay School after a 71 day displacement. After Super Storm Sandy rendered the school inoperable, custodians say it was impossible to allow children in and Sandy had destroyed all of the schools contents that dared to be in the way of the flood waters. For 71 long days during 2012 Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year holiday season, students were bused from Far Rockaway to the main land of Queens to attend classes. Grades k-3 were taken to PS 40 in Jamaica and grades 4 to 8 joined Junior High School 72 Rochdale.
Janice Bonner-Brown, Educational Director of the Far Rockaway Watchdogs was on scene explaining the Watchdogs STEM based Out of School Time, after school center that will begin in late February. Sixty lucky Middle School Students will be selected via a lottery to participate in a curriculum afterschool program that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.