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Way to Go: Kimberly Raines of Massapequa

Kimberly Raines, a senior at Island Trees High

Kimberly Raines, a senior at Island Trees High School in Levittown, has turned tragedy into an opportunity to help others. Credit: Island Trees School District

An Island Trees High School senior whose father died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center has committed her time and talents to helping those in need.

Kimberly Raines was 2 1⁄2 when she lost her father, Harry Raines, an assistant vice president at the Cantor Fitzgerald financial services firm. She has become increasingly involved with Tuesday’s Children, a nonprofit that supports those affected by terrorism or traumatic loss.

Through the organization, Raines has participated in service projects with 15 other teens. Last month, the group built a house and latrine in the Dominican Republic, and last year they helped build a dam and walkway to help kids going to school in Costa Rica.

“My community came and did things for my family when we were in need,” Raines, 18, said of her motivation. “Their help really helped a lot.”

Her other activities include joining dozens of youngsters affected by terrorism for a series of “healing activities” last summer at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia, she said.

She is secretary of her school’s Spanish Honor Society and a member of the National Honor Society and Brave Club, an empowerment and mentoring group for girls.

“Kim is just that bright spot that everyone needs in their life and in their community,” Island Trees assistant principal Pam Hostetter said.

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