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Local students lend helping hand to NYC school after Sandy

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BERLIN, CT (WFSB) -

Students at a Connecticut middle school are lending a helping hand to those hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

Students and staff at the McGee Middle School in Berlin adopted a school in Queens, NY. And on Thursday, with the help of a local business, they loaded up a van with supplies to head down to New York City.

Everything from books and notepads to even backpacks were loaded up to be delivered.

"When I heard we were doing it, I was like, 'I've got a bunch of stuff and they have nothing,'" said sixth-grader Garson Yovan.

In addition to school supplies, they're also sending gift cards.

So many families lost everything, so the principal in New York will be able to hand out the cards to be help families get back on their feet.

"We all heard about the storm," said teacher Cindy Botticello. "People want to help out in any way they could, especially young kids their age."

So the school reached out to the Department of Education in New York City and they in turn connected them with PS 146 in Howard Beach.

In just a few weeks, students and staff came through with the supplies. They just had one problem - how to get it to New York City.

"I was saying to the kids the other day, we're doing it, but we are doing it because we want to feel good about it, or we're doing it because we want to help the people in New York," said Darren Yovan, of Krystal Kleer.

Yovan, who runs the commercial water purification business and has a son in the sixth grade, offered to load up one of his work vans.

The van will head to Queens on Friday.

"It feels great donating, knowing people will feel happier because of us," said sixth-grader Brandon Peat.

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