Sandy-struck East Rockaway High School raises money for Oklahoma tornado victims

East Rockaway students gathered to shoot hoops today to raise money for victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. (6/15/13)

EAST ROCKAWAY - Students at East Rockaway High School have seen Mother Nature's wrath firsthand: parts of their school were totally destroyed by Superstorm Sandy last year.

Now that the school has been rebuilt, they're passing along some help to others who are in need. Students gathered to shoot hoops today to raise money for victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes.

"I think it’s important to pay it forward because this is how we are, the kind of town we are," says Tiffini Parente, an 11th-grader at East Rockaway. "We know what it feels like to be out of our school for six months, we know what it feels like to not have a home."

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Today's basketball tournament wasn't the extent of their efforts, either. The students have already held a bake sale, a car wash and other fundraisers to help out. They've documented their efforts in a YouTube video titled, "East Rockaway to Oklahoma."

So far, the students have raised nearly $8,000, and they're not finished. They're urging members of the community to drop off items like batteries, flashlights, brooms and other necessities in front of the school on June 22 from 9 a.m. until noon.

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