Brooklyn, New York residents affected by Hurricane Sandy piled into The Gerritsen Beach School, PS 277, on a recent Saturday for a day of healthy fun sponsored by Children’s Health Fund, Heart 911, Gerritsen Beach Cares, and the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. Funding from Children’s Health Fund’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund helped make the day possible.
The cold rain outside did not dampen enthusiasm in the community as more than 300 residents of all ages showed up for games, giveaways, arts and crafts, health information, and a hot lunch catered by Gerritsen Beach’s own Brenman’s Market.
Normally quiet on Saturdays, the classrooms, halls and gymnasium of the school were buzzing most of the day as kids danced, played, and got creative, all while learning about good nutrition, staying fit, taking care of their asthma, and other useful health tips.
Molina Health Care donated books for the day -- to the delight of some of the kids. One noted: "Really? This is great. Our bookshelf was on the first floor of our house, and we could really use some new books" Another said: "Cool! I don't have as many books anymore because of Sandy. I really like when my mom reads to me before bed!"
All in all, the day seemed to boost the spirits of a community that continues to recover from one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the region.