Virginia Beach students pitch in for Hurricane Matthew victims

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From pennies to granola bars, Virginia Beach students are helping Hurricane Matthew victims in their schools.

Flooding from the storm displaced more than 100 families, according to a recovery briefing released Tuesday by Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen and Deputy City Manager Steven Cover. The city has issued hotel vouchers, and volunteers from organizations such as Operation Blessing are helping with home repairs, like ripping out flood-damaged floors. But some families have lost virtually everything.

That’s where students at two Virginia Beach City Public Schools have stepped in, responding to the need around them.

Landstown Middle School, 2204 Recreation Dr., has approximately 30 students who are living in hotel rooms, according to a release from Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

Landstown students have donated school supplies to the storm victims; the school is also holding a food drive to collect items such as granola bars, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, healthy snacks, apples, oranges and bottled water.

Donations are being collected at the school’s guidance office. For more information, call 757-648-4750.

Green Run Elementary School, which is located in the one of hard-hit areas, has donated school supplies, food, clothing and bedding to students and families uprooted by the hurricane. And Green Run’s safety patrol is holding a fundraising campaign next week, from Oct. 24-28, seeking contributions of coins and cash: from pennies, nickels and dimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, to quarters on Thursday and cash on Friday.

The proceeds will be used to buy gift cards for the affected families.

For more information, call 757-648-2560.

Here’s how Landstown tweeted about its efforts on Oct. 14:

Separately, the city announced Wednesday that a community recovery center at Bow Creek Community Recreation Center, 3427 Club House Rd., will be open Thursday, Oct. 20 and Friday, Oct. 21 from 3-7 p.m.

For more information, call 757-385-3111.

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