Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00
The children in Ms. LaMagna’s third grade class at Harbor Hill School were transfixed with the story of Mario Flores, the worker who was trapped and eventually rescued from the cesspool at a residential construction site in East Hills last December. As the rescue unfolded throughout the school day, the children followed the events and were truly concerned about Flores’ welfare during the more than four hours that he was trapped in the 18-foot hole.
After he was rescued, the children were so thrilled that he was out of harm’s way, they wrote to Flores and sent him illustrated cards, telling him about what was happening at Harbor Hill School while he was in the cesspool. Flores wrote back to the class expressing his surprise and gratitude for all the cards and pictures. He assured the children he was safe and feeling better, wished them a happy New Year and reminded them to study.