Recognized for Service to the Community

As Tropical Storm Irene was leaving her mark across Long Island, the staff members of the Hampton Bays School District were leaving an indelible mark on their community. During the storm, when many families were displaced from their homes, Hampton Bays High School was utilized as a Red Cross Evacuation Shelter. In addition to the necessary emergency supplies such as cots, dried food, and blankets, members of the district’s administration set up a playroom for children and a room where adults could stay informed of the latest weather updates. With help from the community, teachers, and school staff, as well as the local police department, fire department and ambulance company - who worked tirelessly for Hampton Bays residents to ensure their safety - they were able to feed all of the people in the shelter by arranging for generous donations from King Kullen and Kriegs Bakery.

To recognize the district for its efforts, Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), along with his fellow Suffolk County legislators, honored the Hampton Bays High School, under the leadership of Superintendent Lars Clemensen, for its efforts in Hurricane Irene. “The shelter at the Hampton Bays High School is a shining example of the amazing things that can be done when a community comes together to help each other in a time of need,” stated Legislator Schneiderman.