The Sweet Juniper blogger is taking abandoned books and toys from a closed elementary school in Detroit.
I only took picture books that my four-year old would enjoy; there are still hundreds — maybe thousands — of books on the shelves of the library.
. . . I have located a non-profit community organization that would love and appreciate some of the items inside, particularly the high-quality Community Playthings wooden kitchen sets (stoves, sinks, refrigerators, washer/dryers), art supplies, books, furniture and computers. I hope to organize an effort to recover some of these items before they get ruined or scrapped.
The blogger also destroyed students’ psychological records and Individual Education Plans, which were left in the school with “social security numbers, addresses, and parent information.”
E-mails to the school’s former principal went unanswered, as did voicemails to the district’s legal department.
It turns out a daily newspaper reported abandoned records like these within many of the 33 schools closed in 2007 and the district did nothing. No one is responsible. Someone else was supposed to destroy them. The company that had been paid to secure the school never did its job.