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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 02/12/2010

Help schools dig out of the snow

By Valerie Strauss

The Washington Post has launched a snow cleanup page and it can be really helpful for schools trying to organize big dig-outs this weekend.

School personnel are working frantically to clean up parking lots, sidewalks, street curbs and other snow-covered areas so that school can finally resume on Tuesday--assuming there isn’t another snow storm (and there just might be).

In fact, this week, Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Dana Tofig said the system planned to have schools open on Tuesday “if Mother Nature cooperates.”

We’ll have to see about that cooperation, but until then, the clean-up goes on.

Here’s the link to the page that will help organize a snow cleanup:

Once there:

Post your request for help using a title in this format: “School: Washington Elementary School” or “Church: Episcopal Church of Washington”

Make sure to specify clearly what your needs are in the body of your report (example: “We’ve got snow covering all our walkways, we need snowblowers and shovels”) and include your location in your report and using the map function. Also, clearly state when you need people to arrive for help this weekend (example: “we’re looking for 10 people from the neighborhood to come help at 10 a.m. on Saturday”).

After your report is approved by our team, you can use the link to your report to spread the word. We’ll do the same on Twitter (using the #72scu hashtag) and on our Facebook Fan page.

Keep checking the comments in your report, and encourage others to post their attendance in the comments of your report.

The Post will take the reports and highlight them on Twitter, Facebook, and the Web site.


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By Valerie Strauss  | February 12, 2010; 12:56 PM ET
Tags:  snow days  
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