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.