Students raise money for Sandy relief

— Senior nursing major Caitlin Leahey is familiar with volunteer activity as well. Like Castillo, she’s in a sorority and heavily involved in community service.

“Allison reached out to our sorority and asked if we wanted to get involved. I volunteered,” Leahey said. “It’s a really good cause. I know what the Red Cross does to help during disasters, and this one affects so many of our students directly.”

Of the ideas thrown out for discussion at the meeting, Leahey said one that had potential was for a local restaurant to bring in volunteer student servers, who would collect a percentage from each meal ordered. Leahey contacted the manager at Texas Roadhouse and is waiting to hear back as to what day — most likely after Thanksgiving — the charity servers will be brought in.

For its part, the college is making sure students whose families were affected by the hurricane know there are resources available to them on campus and in the community. These include counseling services, assistance from faculty for academic challenges and possible adjustments to financial aid packages for qualified students. (Students who think they might qualify would need to discuss their circumstances with the Office of Financial Aid.) In addition, the Student Association sponsored a round-trip bus for students from the region who felt the need to go home last weekend.

For more information on the student fundraising efforts or to contribute or volunteer, contact Swick-Duttine at 564-4825 or email her at swickan@plattsburgh.edu.

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