Storms dropping over 7 inches of rain on July 12th in the greater Round Lake community, located in northern Lake County, caused extreme damage to local grade school, W.J. Murphy Elementary, including a total loss of their library that was flooded with several feet of water, 4 classrooms, a music room and a curriculum closet. Severe damage was also sustained in a few classrooms at Raymond Ellis Elementary School. The district's total loss is estimated at $3 million.
The preferred method for those wishing to help is to provide financial donations to the Round Lake Area CUSD 116 Education Foundation - PO Box 1881 - Round Lake, IL 60073. http://www.rlasfoundation.com . The school's insurance policy is expected to cover 100% of the replacement cost of lost items, including library material. It is important to note that any donations made directly to the District will be utilized to enhance the current programming offered within the school and/or to assist those within the community who have been personally impacted by the flood.
Some people prefer donating material, so the Round Lake Area Public Library is accepting book donations. Those donations will first be distributed to school libraries and classroom collections. Encyclopedia and magazine donations will not be accepted. Insurance likely won't cover the cost of materials families had in their personal collections; libraries built over many years of development. The cost to replace a single personal collection of even just 100 books at list price is well beyond the means of most people. We will be working closely with families of need within our community to help replenish those collection and also with not-for-profit organizations to help assist in the distribution of remaining materials. Please contact library director, Jim DiDonato, at 847-546-7060 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to donate any materials.