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Schoharie teachers, students help on Staten Island

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When Irene hit Schoharie County last year a group of teachers from New York City came to help. Now, educators from Schoharie are returning the favor. Our Beth Croughan has the story.

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. -- "It was a day of hope and it was a day to move forward," said Caroline Brooks, Schoharie English teacher.

When a busload of teachers from New York City came to Schoharie, Brooks said it was relief they really needed. The group came to help members of the Schoharie Teachers Association
put in insulation one October day after Irene hit.

"We were doing close to 100 houses in one weekend," said Martin Messner, Schoharie Teachers Association President.

So when Sandy hit, Messner made a call to see what could be done down there.

"Tuesday we started to pull this all together. And the bus was full by Thursday, I think it was," said Brooks.

And Saturday, about a year and a month after support was sent from the five boroughs, it's now being brought back by bus to Staten Island.

"We're bringing supplies, we're bringing equipment and we're bringing willing hands to work very hard," said Brooks.

"We know what we're going to see when we get down there and for some of our people, it could be quite honestly traumatic. You know, people that lost their homes from Irene and to relive that is going to be difficult for them, but they're going anyway," said Messner.

They're going because hope is what helped them.

"What it does is it shows them that we all care and even though, to them it may seem like this is an insurmountable obstacle. That this eventually will be better," said Brooks.

Teachers from Glens Falls and Cobleskill also made the trip.

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