During the past week, Congers’ younger
residents rallied to raise money for the repair of Congers Elementary School. They
have been selling lemonade and bracelets and wristbands to collect funds to
help fix the school, which was closed in late August because of an unstable
back wall. At least six different groups set up stands and some decorated them with
signs reading “Save Congers.”
Parent Julia Fischer said, “At my house on Saturday, there were approximately 20 Congers kids over the course of the six hour day."
She said some students who attend Lakewood Elementary School came to help out, as did some older children who graduated from Congers Elementary. At one location, the children sold rainbow loom bracelets they made for $1 each.
“We raised over $200 and that sounds pretty consistent with what I have heard from the other groups,” said Fischer, who estimated that close to $1,000 in total has been raised by the various stands.
Earlier this month, four Congers siblings set up a stand and raised $40.
Instead of attending Congers Elementary, students have been reassigned to the New City, Lakewood and Laurel Plains elementary schools.
The Clarkstown Board of Education meets Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at Clarkstown South High School and a discussion of Congers Elementary School is expected to be on the agenda.
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