Children's learning materials valued at $300,000 are available to area teachers at an East Grand Forks warehouse to help compensate for the extensive damage to schools resulting from last spring's flooding.
Transportation of the materials, donated by Trend Enterprises, Inc., was provided by Quast Transfer, Inc.
Teachers can arrange a time to visit the old Grand Forks Grocery building, located at 104 Fourth St. NE to pick up items such as classroom decorations, bulletin boards, posters, learning charts, flashcards, and stickers free of charge.
"We're elated to have the opportunity to team up with Trend to make a significant difference to the Red River Valley area," said Randy Quast, president and CEO of Quast Transfer.
"The severe damage to the schools and educational resources has placed a real burden on the students and teachers. Quast is pleased to help the Grand Forks area schools get back on their feet."
In Grand Forks, 15 of 22 public schools were damaged and three were destroyed.
Also, on New Year's Day a fire caused almost $1 million in damage to the portable classrooms set up to house the students of Belmont Elementary, one of the flood-damaged facilities. Across the river in East Grand Forks, two of the city's three elementary schools were destroyed.
Quast, an LTL (less-than-truckload) carrier, was founded more than 60 years ago and is headquartered in Minnesota. With some 2,000 on-time shipments each day, Quast provides the most extensive coverage within its service area with direct service to all points of its coverage area including Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and the greater St. Louis and Kansas City areas.