More than 60 Madison Junior School students visited Union Beach on Wednesday for a field trip to help with Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts as part of Madison's boroughwide efforts to help the shore town.
The school previously had run a collection drive to help Hurricane Sandy victims. And on Friday, eighth-grade peer leaders held a movie night in the auditorium and raised $1,600 for relief efforts.
Wednesday's field trip gave students the opportunity to deliver the check in person. They also cleaned up sections of beach and helped unload a delivery of $15,000 worth of supplies, including lumber, that was donated by Investors Bank, Principal Nicole Sherrin said. They also took a bus tour of the damage and saw the devastation firsthand.
Sherrin said she is proud of the students and that it was a powerful day.
At one point, a resident came outside and told the students, "This is what it should be about, people helping people," she said.
"We got as much if not more out of the day than we gave," she said.
Sherrin said partnering with Madison borough officials was a great opportunity and the students represented Madison Junior School and Madison as a whole really well, she said.
For more information about Madison's partnership with Union Beach and ways to help visit the borough's Union Beach Partership page on RoseNet.org.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the bank whose donation students helped unload. It was Investors Bank.