TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – With the village continuing recovery efforts from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, volunteers of the newly formed Tuckahoe High School Habitat for Humanity Club took time to clean up Malcolm Wilson Park on Scarsdale Road.
This was the inaugural event for the new club, which is open to students in grades 9 through 12 who have an interest in improving living conditions throughout Westchester. The club is overseen by teacher adviser Joanne Ornstein and Tuckahoe PTA Committee Member Mary Ushay.
The park was badly damaged by last month’s hurricane, with many trees being toppled, causing lots of debris, tree limbs and branches to cover the park’s footpath and making it difficult for both residents and animals to traverse. In all, 16 students, parent volunteers and PTA Service Committee members moved trees, gathered branches into piles for Department of Public Works officials to remove and disposed of the debris that was blocking the paths.
“The effort, enthusiasm and teamwork are remarkable qualities to see,” said Jim Sutton, executive director of the Bronx River Conservancy said. “In short, they went far beyond what was envisioned for the project. There was a lot of wood piled high to say the least.”