After returning from a life-changing service trip to West Virginia, the
Students for 60,000 Club held a forum at the Northport Public Library to
share their experiences with the community.
Students shared how different parts of the trip affected them. Some
students shared how moved they were to learn about the adverse impact
the coal industry has had on the communities, while others covered their
experiences in assisting low income families in various after school
programs, working on low-income homes, and learning about various
rehabilitation organizations and drug treatment programs with an
emphasis on the opioid epidemic.
Additionally, some students shared how rewarding it was to visit Tug
Valley High School and make simply connections with other high school
"This trip was extraordinarily powerful not just because of the service
we performed, but the knowledge we gained,” said senior Katie Sierra.
“And the most striking takeaway I got from the trip was how similar we
truly are. We share the same core values, beliefs, and many the same
struggles, whether related to poverty, drugs, or the environment."
Students closed the forum by emphasizing their ongoing collaboration and
work towards a student exchange, where Northport High school would
invite students from West Virginia to travel up to New York to partner
together in addressing the opioid epidemic among other issues
confronting both our states.
Students for 60,000 began in 1987 as a school club dedicated to
assisting the homeless. The name of the club came from the approximate
number of 60,000 homeless in New York City in the 1980s. Over the years,
the club has turned into a program that organizes fundraisers, raising
over hundreds of thousands of dollars, and raising awareness for those
Way to make a difference, students!