WOONSOCKET — Middle School Band Director Nicole Denton hasn't forgotten her former neighbors in Seaford, Long Island (N.Y.) as they recover from Hurricane Sandy. Denton and another Long Island native, department speech therapist Marie Zaminer, have been working with their fellow school department employees to collect needed supplies for those with damaged homes or lacking utility services there and plan to deliver them this weekend with the help of Facilities Director Peter Fontaine.
"A third of my hometown was washed away in the hurricane," Denton said this week while preparing for the trip. She and her husband, Jason, collected a carload of needed items after the storm and Jason drove them out to Long Island as an initial bid to help the stricken area. Denton and Zaminer continued to collect items such as blankets, coats and jackets, towels, baby items, and cleaning products, with the assistance from their fellow members of the Woonsocket Teachers' Guild and the school administration. So much so, they actually needed a bigger vehicle to take everything to Long Island.
School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan commended the school staff members for their efforts to collect aid material during Wednesday's meeting of the School Committee and noted Fontaine would drive the load out in a school department truck capable of handling all the items collected.
Denton said she planned to deliver the hurricane aid to the Wantagh Fire Department, where her aunt, Kathy True, works. Her mother, Maria Worzel, will also be there to help prepare the items from Woonsocket for delivery to the appropriate agencies, she said.