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Storm Recovery Resources

Families, schools, and communities are working together to recover from the vast devastation left by hurricane Sandy. Scholastic is supporting their efforts by donating books to the hardest hit schools and libraries in the tri-state region and by providing resources to teachers and parents to support their children’s social and emotional recovery.

Replacing books lost in Superstorm Sandy

As seen on NBC Nightly News: Scholastic has donated 1 million books to schools and libraries that applied for help online after Hurricane Sandy, providing replacement copies of beloved stories lost to the storm. NBC’s Chris Jansing reports.
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Getting books ‘feels like Christmas morning’

As seen on NBC Nightly News: Principal Anna Mae Stefanelli and Second grade teacher Peter O’Neill at The OLC school and Little Harbor Academy in Jersey City said it was a “wonderful blessing” to receive seven thousand books for their school from Scholastic.
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Scholastic’s One Million Book Donation for Schools and Libraries

Scholastic is donating one million books to heavily-damaged schools and libraries in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy.
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Helping Families and Children Cope with Disaster and Stress

The Yale Child Study Center shares tips for parents on communicating with children and facilitating recovery in times of disaster.
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A Journal for Healing

The Scholastic My Time Journal is a “make your own” book that allows children to express their feelings through writing and drawing.
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Finding Comfort in a Book

Scholastic's Chief Academic Officer Francie Alexander suggests books for kids dealing with trauma and stress.
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Tips On Explaining The Storm To Children

NPR interview with Scholastic classroom magazine editor Suzanne McCabe discussing how to talk to kids about disasters.
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Age-Appropriate News For Kids, By Kids

The Scholastic News Kids Press Corps reports on the storm and recovery.
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Crisis Response Resources for Teachers

The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools provides a variety of resources and materials for use in crisis prevention and response. (Click on “Responding to a Crisis”)
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What Hurricane Sandy is Teaching Us About Students Under Stress

Education Week discusses the importance of school‑community support systems. Hurricane Sandy is another reminder about emergency preparedness and aftermath planning.
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Heading Back to School After Hurricane Sandy — A Brainstorm

New York City teacher blogger shares ideas for returning to school after the storm and helping kids process their feelings about the hurricane.
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