Spending Spring Break Fixing What Nature Broke
Six Mitchell students spent their Spring Break volunteering in New Jersey and helping aid in the recovery from “Superstorm Sandy.” Michael Berman, Thomas Gilkey, George “Grant” Leiper, Devon Popolizio, Nydia Melendez-Rios and Samantha Rogers worked on a variety of jobs, including dune restoration in Seaside Heights, painting/dry walling in Toms River, helping at a rescue mission in Atlantic City, debris removal in Union Beach and working at a relief center in Brick. As part of the Restore the Shore effort, the students also were able to tour damaged sites and hear from many residents who were affected by the storm.
To help give them the feel of what it is like to be displaced by a disaster, the students lived in a facility which was set up as a Red Cross emergency shelter. (This was quite different from the living conditions which most college students are used to and helped add to the service learning they experienced during the week.) Throughout the week students lived, learned, worked and made friends with approximately 80 students from various colleges including Wake Forest, Penn College, Ohio State and The University of South Carolina.