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Students Support Staten Island Relief Efforts

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Student Government sprang into action last week after learning of the Hurricane Sandy devastation–students like themselves left without homes–that still exists in areas such as Staten Island, collecting more than $3,200 that will be turned into gift cards for building supplies so families can resurrect their homes and lives. The student body also collected and donated more than 1,200 perishable food items.

This past Monday, Gabrielle D’Amato ’13, Shannon Spillane ’13, Natalie Burke ’13, Ryan Empson ’13 and John Brabazon ’13 joined Father Mark Vaillancourt, president and principal of Kennedy Catholic, in hand-delivering the school’s donations to the nearly 40 students at St. Joseph-by-the-Sea High School in Staten Island whose homes were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. One such student accompanied the St. Joe’s student council to receive Kennedy’s donation. It was a powerful experience for our Gaels.

The Kennedy bus was then driven to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) relief center on the south shore of Staten Island to aid the victims hardest hit by the storm. That VFW has been a national drop-off site for victim relief.

Thank you to all those who donated to the Student Government’s relief efforts.

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