Harrison High School teachers Meghan Orban, Eileen Quinn, Dana Columbus and Nancy O’Reilly and a few of their students were overwhelmed by the desire to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
They spent a portion of their weekend lending a helping hand in the New Dorp/Midland Beach area in Staten Island.
The teachers, along with HHS students Sarah Vallarelli,
Sarah Greer, Nicole Cuneo, Harrison Steins, Emma LaBarbara and Dillion Bogart, brought breakfast and coffee as well as non perishable donations to one of the relief centers where Mrs. Quinn’s mother-in-law, a resident of the area, was a “team leader” helping families in her community devastated by this Superstorm.
Staten Island is home to many of those tasked with responding first to disasters in the New York City area such as police and fire as well as sanitation workers.
HHS students jumped right in and helped to clean out the home of a NYPD officer.
“The experience was an eye opening for everyone and I hope this experience will foster a spirit of volunteerism that will stay with our students for the rest of their lives,”
said Meghan Orban, HHS teacher and advisor for the GO organization at the High School.
Orban stressed that Harrison High School will continue to collect donations this week. Donations centers in the Tri State region are in need of cleaning supplies such as brooms, mops, bleach and vinegar as well as NEW underwear/socks and gently used coasts, hats, gloves and boots.
HHS art teacher Lisa Monti will be bringing donations
collected to Breezy Point and the Rockaways and Nikole Konrad has offered to collect donations for the Jersey Shore area.
If you would like to help, please bring donations to the
High School security desk near the main office.