ST. AUGUSTINE PREP ASSISTS RED CROSS IN HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS
From Friday to Sunday, August 26-28, 2011 St. Augustine College Preparatory school hosted more than 500 evacuees who were displaced from their homes due to the effects of Hurricane Irene.
Members of the Red Cross arrived early Friday morning and began turning the Louis and Josephine Buondonno Forum and Spina Gymnasium into a relief shelter and medical station. Shortly afterwards, evacuees started to arrive. Some locals arrived on their own while others were bussed in from the Atlantic City area. Rooms in the school’s other buildings were also used to shelter those displaced.
More than two dozen students and faculty members volunteered during the weekend evacuation procedure, serving as general security, assistants to the Red Cross, and meal preparers. Even more students reported to campus on Monday morning to help in the clean up process as well as re-organize the school for its opening on Friday.
Students were scheduled to return to school for the 2011-2012 academic year on Monday, August 29, but that date has been moved back to Friday, September 2.