York College student, New Oxford school reach out to school hit by Hurricane Sandy

A York College education student helped kids at New Oxford Elementary School learn about compassion by organizing a school supply drive for a New Jersey school hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Shown with supplies sent to a New Jersey school are: front row left to right: Derek Price, Isabella Arnold, Emily Mitchell, Noah Watkins and Kylie Adams. Back row: Brenda Bowersox, reading recovery; Jennifer Nelson, first grade teacher; Zach Rogers, volunteer; Amy Gutshall, first grade teacher; and Bryan Watkins, assistant principal. (Submitted photo)

Zach Rogers, a junior majoring in elementary and special education, grew up in Belmar, N.J. and traveled home to help after the storm, according to a news release. He volunteers at New Oxford Elementary School, and when he returned, he shared that many schools had been hit by the storm.

“That’s when he got the idea to turn the elementary school’s December core character focus into action,” the news release says. The students were focused on “compassion” during that month.

Rogers helped organize a school supply drive for Bay Head Elementary, and children brought in books, pencils, crayons, markers and more, the release says. Rogers took one car full of supplies to New Jersey and returned for more.

He hopes the students at the schools can begin a pen pal program, the release says.

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at amason@ydr.com or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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