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Red Cross Helps Recover Lost School Time

When Superstorm Sandy ripped through Massapequa last October, many neighborhood children lost part of their school year. Now, a new influx of funding aims to get some of that lost year back.

The American Red Cross awarded a $500,000 grant to FEGS (Federation Employment and Guidance Service) Health and Human Services to support mental health and education services for children affected by the hurricane on Long Island.

The funding will be used to help an estimated 150 children in Nassau and Suffolk counties who lost part of their academic school year due to storm-related challenges.

FEGS Health and Human Services for Children’s Recovery provides community based services in the island’s hardest hit communities, including Massapequa. It also serves Long Beach, Freeport, Bellmore, Merrick, Seaford, Babylon, Copiague, Lindenhurst, and more. The program includes disaster case management, counseling, construction navigation, and volunteer-driven services that are helping victims move forward in their recoveries.  

With new funding from American Red Cross, FEGS will be able to provide counseling services to those children who continue to experience symptoms of trauma, anxiety and depression and tutoring services to those whose academic performance has suffered, primarily due to losing the past school year and are having a difficult time catching up.

FEGS plans to partner with community based organizations, public, and private schools to address this emerging need, and will offer counseling and tutoring to those in need in community-based locations that is convenient for them.

“Children were affected by Superstorm Sandy in ways that people often overlook, and this grant will help support the youth of Long Island in their recovery,” said John Miller, CEO of American Red Cross on Long Island.

For more information about the Children’s Recovery Program by FEGS Health and Human Services call, 516-496-7550 ext. 6.