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Long Beach Blackheath Pre-K Program Relocates to East School

On their first day of temporary classes at East School in Long Beach, Blackheath Pre-K students went to work at the painting station.
On their first day of temporary classes at East School in Long Beach, Blackheath Pre-K students went to work at the painting station.
Story and Photos by Rosemary Leonetti.

After Superstorm Sandy made the classrooms at Long Beach Public Schools’ Blackheath Pre-Kindergarten unusable, students had been attending classes in a makeshift space created for them at the Lindell School cafeteria. As winter began to set in, pre-K students and teachers were happy to make the move to three classrooms in the north wing of East School on Jan. 14.

This move also gave the program enough space to resume the afternoon session, which had been suspended in the aftermath of the storm.

“The East School students and staff have been so welcoming to us,” said Blackheath Principal Christine Zawatson. “It’s a pleasure to see our students and teachers back in a real classroom setting again. They have been remarkable in adapting to all the challenges we have faced since the storm.

"I also want to thank the people in our buildings and grounds and technology departments who did such a great job of preparing these classrooms for us," Zawatson continued. "We started classes fully equipped with computers, Smart Boards, books and supplies.”
lori January 24, 2013 at 08:06 AM
As a former east school parent....GO EAST!!!

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