Students at the Douglas Grafflin elementary school in Chappaqua broke up their routine a bit today. Electricity was lost in parts of the school building, leaving school officials to improvise. Among other things, the school used powerful electric lanterns in the kindergarten annex and served kids a cold lunch.
According to a school communique , the adaptations included:
· Providing a cold lunch instead of a hot one. Bagels and cream cheese, sandwiches, wraps, salad bar, fruit and cereal were available in addition to the usual cold drinks. There was hot soup served.
· Supplying lights to the cafetorium through the use of a generator.
· Designating specific bathrooms to use. While some bathrooms had lights, others did not.
· Utilizing powerful electric lanterns in the kindergarten annex since both bathrooms were without lights.
· Assuring the students that we were safe and that we were going to have a fine day.
Principal Michael G. Kirsch, had this message for the parents: “I have asked the teachers to remind the children to go immediately into their homes or other structures once they leave the buses this afternoon and to never get close to exposed power lines. Due to the lack of electricity in several key locations, including the gyms and the faculty room, the PTA has cancelled After-School Enrichment classes today. This was an interesting day at Grafflin and we are looking forward to having a full complement of electric power tomorrow.”