East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School students had a successful day on Sept. 17, as they helped the people of Rockport, Texas, who were the first victims of Hurricane Harvey.
With smiles and determination, the young people washed cars and raised more than $1,200 to help pay it forward to the community of Rockport, whose town, infrastructure and school were all devastated.
“A big thank-you to all who donated their time and especially their money,” teacher Don Poland said. “The people of East Rockaway were very caring and generous and understood the victims’ losses, as they endured similar circumstances after Superstorm Sandy.”
This is the fourth “pay it forward” mission that East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School has been involved in, helping those in Moore, Oklahoma, after a tornado, residents in Dunendin, West Virginia, after a toxic spill, and citizens of Lake City and others in South Carolina after flooding. The school will be conducting fundraisers until the end of October and then plans to adopt a community in Florida shattered by Irma. If you would like more information on how to help, please visit the “Pay It Forward East Rockaway” Facebook page.