Students from Sterling East Pacack Valley with Mrs. Joanne Fratello, Campus Coordinator
Just over a year ago on October 29th, 2012 a monstrous storm called Sandy savaged coastal areas of New Jersey and New York City with shark-like ferocity. Sandy’s angry winds and waves devoured beachside housing, piers, and marinas, up and down the coast, and flooded streets and basements in lower Manhattan.
When it was over the devastation left behind was staggering: $50-60 billion in property damage and business loss, and one hundred and ten lives lost, including two little boys swept away in Staten Island as their mother tried to flee the storm.
The students, parents and friends of Sterling East’s Pascack Valley School decided to compile a book about the disaster, modeled on the Firestorm and Flood Horror and Tragedy books from Australia.
After countless hours of personal interviews and other forms of content gathering, the result was Surviving Sandy - The Superstorm that Reshaped Our Lives, a 300-page hard-cover book which illustrates and recounts the solemnity of these events through personal tales of survival and endurance, garnished with stories of unselfishness and charity.
Proceeds from the sale of this masterful work will be donated to the charities supporting the ongoing recovery and rebuilding operations.
Words fail us in thanking those who contributed to Surviving Sandy. This book weaves a rich fabric of personal experiences – both triumph and tragedy. It has been contributed to by so many – those who spoke and those who listened, those who sought and those who were found.
It is at once a scholarly work, and a gripping narrative – a compendium of contributions from men and women, boys and girls, government officials and private citizens, homeowners and apartment dwellers, those who received, and those who gave so generously and voluntarily.
Now comes the hard part: marketing and sales; the next phase of the project is to achieve our goal of raising $1,000,000 for charity.