Sea Bright: On Monday, 96 seniors from Shore Regional High were bussed to Sea Bright to help with cleanups at the North and South Beaches, and to help The Sea Bright Beautification Committee create flowerbeds along Ocean Avenue, opposite Church Street.
Two truckloads stones were delivered to the parking area to build flowerbeds. Students carried helped carry armfuls of stones to the spots where the flowerbeds were planned.
SRHS Senior Rachel Gandler from West Long Branch volunteered because she, “wanted to help out the community of Sea Bright. I love to volunteer. And Sea Bright got so much more damage than we did.”
Rachel’s classmate Samantha Miller volunteered “to help as much as I can, even if it just involves moving one rock at a time. “
Local workers were on site as well, and borough employees were engaged in the cleanup. DPW’s Joe Eskridge paused to watch the young people get to work.
“They brought a lot of energy,” he smiled. The Assistant Fire Chief has been a resident all his life and was grateful for the help.
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Shore Regional’s Mike Whitacre and fellow teachers Dave Dudzinski, Marc Costentino and Lauren Marotta helped with work assignments. The seniors were dispatched to the various sites by Sea Bright Volunteer Coordinator Frank Lawrence. About 3,000 volunteers have come to Sea Bright since Hurricane Sandy, and have contributed more than 40,000 hours of aid. They included corporate groups, Girl and Boy Scouts, colleges, high schools, and individuals.