LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Two of Kentucky’s largest school districts are sending dozens of surplus classroom furniture to help welcome students back to school in Eastern Kentucky.
Jefferson County Public Schools and Fayette County Public Schools donated cafeteria tables, chairs, desks, bookcases and more to Hindman Elementary School in Knott County.
JCPS warehouse crews loaded the supplies onto a truck on Tuesday. The truck will deliver everything to Lexington, where it will be added to a similar FCPS donation and taken to Knott County on Wednesday.
“After the shutdown of COVID-19, we understand how important it is to get children back to school,” said JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio. “This is just one small way to help Knott County students regain some sense of normalcy after flooding devastated their families, community and school.”
Hindman Elementary principal Brandi Sims said all of their furniture was destroyed in the floods, with floodwaters reaching four feet high inside the building. They are currently under construction, with the floors being replaced and the walls repainted.
“Joining our friends at JCPS is one way to help our Knott County children and educators move forward in these devastating circumstances,” said FCPS Superintendent Dr. Demetrus Liggins. “Children thrive when they are in the school building, and we certainly hope these donations will help Hindman Elementary reopen its doors to students.”
Knott County hopes to reopen its schools on September 19.
“Words can’t begin to express the appreciation we have for Jefferson, Fayette and the other school districts who are donating this furniture,” Sims said. “There is no way we can get our students back to school without the desks, tables and other furnishings that make our classrooms, library, offices and cafeteria feel like a school.
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