Lakeland Central schools group to aid Sandy-hit area again

A group of teachers and staff from the Lakeland Central School District is planning its second trip to help Hurricane Sandy victims, this time in the Broad Channel area in Queens.

Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School teachers Camille Parisi, Michelle Reuter and Mary Eickler are planning the latest trip along with other colleagues at the school, according to a district news release Tuesday.

Parisi and Reuter were among a group of Lakeland staff members and their families who recently traveled to the Rockaways in Queens to help Sandy victims. Parisi and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School teacher Zenobia Kellock organized for the group to travel to the hard-hit area.

The location was found through Jim and Pat Rathschmidt, founders of the group United for the Troops' Founders. About 17 people from the district went down to Beach 113 and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Donations from the Freight House Cafe in Mahopac, Bob-B-Que's in Shrub Oak and JV Bagels helped the group serve more than 500 hamburgers, 600 hot dogs and 300 bagels to Sandy victims. They were also able to help clean up of some of the homes. "It really was wonderful and I am so happy to have been a part of it. If you can believe it, I would say we served food to almost 1,000 people," Kellock said in the release.

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