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Hernando teachers, others pull together to help an ailing school



HILL ’N DALE — New assistant principal Lisa Piesik walked across the campus at Eastside Elementary School on Wednesday morning, overwhelmed by what she saw all around her.

Inside a portable classroom, volunteers sorted boxes of books that needed to be shipped away. In the cafeteria, a team placed thousands of bar codes on new instructional materials. In the media center, a crew organized a room that had seen better days.

“It’s been incredible,” Piesik said, pausing. “Goose bumps.”

The volunteers were all there for a single purpose: to show that Hernando County’s most troubled school — the first in Hernando to get an F grade from the state — was not alone.

This week, dozens of volunteers — mostly educators and former educators from across the school district — have traveled to the remote school in eastern Hernando to lend a hand, in whatever way needed.

“It sent a message clearly to the staff,” said principal Mary LeDoux, who was appointed last week after the school received its failing grade. “We’re not forgotten.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 6:15pm]


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