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Student Government Comes to Aid of Sandy-Struck Students in Long Beach

Ward Melville student government collected classroom supplies to replenish those that were destroyed by the surge of superstorm Sandy.

As rebuilding efforts in Long Beach continue, the Ward Melville Student Government responded by collecting school supplies to replenish classrooms in the Long Beach school district that were hit hard by superstorm Sandy a few months ago.

According to Cristina Amato, Student Government Advisor, and Annette Goldberg, Student Government Assistant, the students at Ward Melville led the way in collecting more than 40 boxes of supplies such as new and used books, backpacks, crayons, markers, computers, blankets and games to help reconstruct those classrooms.

Long Beach Middle School Principal Michele Natali and Sean Hurley, director of social studies for the Long Beach school district, welcomed the donations. Joseph “Buddy” Hoffman, a social studies teacher and Long Beach native, took the Ward Melville student government representatives on a tour of the city.

Goldberg and Amato described the scene as jaw-dropping. In an email to Patch, they wrote:

"The storm surge went above the height of many homes, displacing its residents still today. Few shops are beginning to reopen, and much of the town has been condemned. Some streets are still lined with debris from the hurricane; cars that have not been reclaimed since the storm still line other areas. Students were awe-struck when they were finally taken to the boardwalk, a centerpiece of life for decades in Long Beach, which was torn to pieces from the storm."

Team Dawg January 15, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Schools reaching out to other schools....students coming to the aid of other students. Acts such as this are what defines our culture. Caring , compassion and teamwork are all attributes of Everyday Heroes such as these. Team Dawg salutes you all for a job well done!
Maggie January 15, 2013 at 11:15 PM
What a generous and humble gesture! The 3v community is so proud to have such wonderful young citizens and positive teachers to guide them along the way. Bravo student government!

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