Over the past month, Hampton Bays students pulled the community together to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
"The action among students was immediate," said teacher Rick Nydegger. “The students realized, ‘We can help those people, let’s go.’"
Since, the students have worked to get the community to donate several hundred items, including canned goods, perishable food, clothing and toiletries, coats, jackets, potable water and sanitary supplies, such as paper towels and hand wipes.
Most of the items Nydegger said have already been delivered throughout the island to those who have been displaced by Sandy, as well as to local food pantries and organizations in need of such supplies.
In addition to bringing in items to donate, a few dozen students, including members of the OWL and SADD clubs and students in the Life Skills classes, have taken an even more hands-on approach.
Life Skills teacher Moira Hayes said that her students have been involved in the drives for food and basic necessities, but have also been sorting and packing up the supplies.
“It’s a skills-oriented activity that’s perfect practice,” she said. “They come in every day and help.”
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