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Happy Sweet Roof Repairs Day

The holiday season evokes distinct, nostalgic images of snow-globe-like flakes falling from the sky, sleigh bells, frosty snowmen, and lighted trees on dark, cold winter nights. With all the holiday festivities, children become excitable the closer that certain magical day approaches, often making it hard to concentrate in class and on schoolwork. With all this excitement, it is easy to overlook what is keeping everyone warm and on these dark snowy days is the roof on top of the school building.

Working hard, the roofs of Idaho’s schools endure well-below freezing temperatures and, in any given year, a few feet of fresh snowfall. While the snow can make outdoor play for the students a lot of fun, the weight of the snow on the roof is a concern for many schools.

So, what happens during those epic winters Idaho is so famous for, where storms can leave four feet of wet, heavy snow? In 2009, the historic Lakeside Elementary School in the Plummer-Worley School District was closed due to an imminent hazard that increased snowfall would cause a catastrophic failure of the roof. In 2014, the same happened to Salmon Junior High School.

Regular maintenance and repairs of school roofs is one way to ensure they last, maintain their integrity, and provide the security for a safe learning environment. The harsh winter conditions of the past several years could explain why so many school districts and charter schools have made repairs or replaced their roofs.

The Idaho Lottery was created to benefit public schools. Our funds are used primarily for the maintenance and repairs necessary to keep student-occupied buildings operational and safe. After “Snowmaggedon” in the winter of 2016 and 2017, during the 2018 school year a total of 49 different school districts or charter schools made improvements to, or replaced, a roof(s) using Idaho Lottery funds. So today, let’s celebrate the safety, warmth, and comfort from a quality roof on Idaho’s schools. Happy Sweet Roof Repair Day, Idaho!

Here is a look at all the schools who made roof repairs or replaced a roof:

List of schools/districts

American Falls Joint School District

Bear Lake County School District

Bliss Joint School District

Boise School District

Bonneville Joint School District

Boundary County School District

Caldwell School District

Camas County School District

Cambridge Joint School District

Cascade School District

Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy

Coeur d’Alene School District

Firth School District

Fremont County Joint School District

Glenns Ferry Joint School District

Hansen School District

Heritage Academy

Homedale Joint School District

Idaho Falls School District

Kamiah Joint School District

Kimberly School District

Kootenai Bridge Academy Charter School

Kootenai Joint School District

Kuna Joint School District

Lake Pend Oreille School District

Lakeland School District

Lapwai School District

Lewiston Independent School District

Madison School District

Marsh Valley Joint School District

McCall-Donnelly Joint School District

Nampa School District

Nez Perce Joint School District

North Valley Academy

Notus School District

Oneida County School District

Orofino School District

Parma School District

Payette Joint School District

Pocatello School District

Post Falls School District

Richfield School District

Salmon School District

Taylor’s Crossing School District

Valley School District

Wallace School District

West Ada School District

Whitepine Joint School District

Wilder School District