Ross Community Helps Hurricane Sandy Victims

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Ross parents, teachers, and students have mobilized to collect critical resources for those in western Long Island and in the New York City area who have suffered enormous loss.

Taking a hands-on approach, Lower School teachers Eileen DeCecco and Shannon Timoney eagerly volunteered to assist aid and cleanup efforts in Lindenhurst last weekend and will head to the Rockaways this weekend. In addition, Ross senior Paola Chery is sponsoring a Dress Down Day on November 9 and hosting a bake sale on November 13, and the money raised from both events will go to support victims of the hurricane.

Also, collection sites have been set up on both campuses. At Ross Lower School, donation boxes are located in the Green Building, in the lobby of the Farm Building, and outside the kindergarten classroom. At the Upper School, donation boxes have been placed in the High School and Middle School offices as well as outside the Café in the Center for Well-Being. The first delivery run of donated goods will be this weekend. The School is working with Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and this week’s delivery will specifically help people located in the Rockaways.

There are still many items needed for this ongoing relief effort, particularly baby formula and diapers. In addition, those who want to help can donate the following: bleach, mops, buckets, plastic bins, Sterno cans, matches or lighters, flashlights with batteries, heavy-duty garbage bags, gloves (for warmth and work), ready-to-eat food (pop-top for cans, and if possible, not requiring heat), pet food, blankets, and coats.

On Friday, November 16, Ross will send off another shipment. A staging area has been set up in the Lower School Field House. Please bring donations to the staging area and deposit in the appropriate boxes.

For more information, please contact Ross parent Sarah Stenn.