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Tartans Travel to New York to Aid Hurricane Sandy Relief

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Watch the NBC News Story Here

 Read The Capistrano Dispatch cover story here.

By Lora Allison, Director of Community Life

Over the past week, 11 Upper School students and four adults traveled to the outskirts of New York City and the shores of New Jersey to assist with the relief efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The experience was even better than we could have imagined and the trip was full of many profound moments. For three of the days we were connected with an organization called Operation Blessing, a nonprofit that has a strong and prolonged presence in Breezy Point – a community densely populated with first responders that was hit particularly hard by the hurricane with fires destroying more than 136 homes, and also lost more than 30 residents in 9/11. We were blessed to work on the rebuild of a single home, an elderly couple that were custodians of the local church. Bert and Jeanne Metz had no idea that their home was receiving an extreme “makeover” and our students took great pride in being “Secret Santas” to a couple we would never meet because we missed the reveal by just one day. To our surprise we received word that the reveal was profiled on the NBC Nightly News as the “Making a Difference” story. Here is the link to the segment: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40153870/vp/50415092#50415092. If you look closely you might see a man with a strong resemblance to David Boyle!

In the next few weeks we will be unfolding our experiences for the students and faculty in each division. The aftermath of the hurricane was unbelievable and these communities (and many others) will forever be changed. As a group we feel very honored to have been a small part of a rebuild that brought signs of hope and renewal to the Breezy Point community.

Click here to view a CNN segment, and click here to read a New York Daily News article about the unveiling of the newly renovated home to Bert and Jeanne Metz.


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