S.T.A.R.T.

Stafford Teachers And Residents Together

On October 29th, 2012 Hurricane Sandy devastated the community where I live and teach. Over 240 students in my district were displaced when about 4,000 homes were flooded by the storm’s tidal surge. Thankfully my home was unscathed but the thought, “There but for the Grace of God go I.” kept running through my head. I was motivated to be the catalyst of change and created a non-profit, grassroots organization comprised of teachers and staff from my school district. Stafford Teachers And Residents Together, S.T.A.R.T., is still running today as a community based volunteer relief group. In the immediate weeks and months following the storm we organized over 2,500 volunteers who worked in excess of 11,500 hours cleaning up and rebuilding over 800 homes and businesses. START was responsible for saving residents more than $3 million dollars. But most importantly volunteers brought hope to a community that needed it. START helped a community heal from the trauma the storm inflicted on it. For this work I received many honors and notices but the respect of my community is the greatest reward. One specific honor that meant a lot to me was being named the 2013 Humanitarian of the Year by the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation.

START’s response to Hurricane Sandy

My One on One Interview with Steve Adubato

News Articles

NEA article Dec 2012
http://neatoday.org/2012/12/03/new-jersey-educators-lead-cleanup-after-hurricane-sandy/
NJEA article Nov 2012
http://www.njea.org/news/2012-11-19/stafford-township-pulls-together
Hope Street Group Blog Post
http://hopestreetgroup.org/blog/teachers-leaders-classroom-leaders-community
Sandpaper January 2013
http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com/p/start-volunteers-move-recovery-effort-forward/954418
US DOE Teaching Matters January 2013
http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USED/bulletins/6712a2
sandpaper October 2013 Humanitarian of the Year article
http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com/p/homecoming-is-controversy-relief-for-martin-truex-jr/1062379
Manahawkin Barnegat Patch January 2013
http://barnegat-manahawkin.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/s-t-a-r-t-volunteers-not-finished-yet
NJ County Teacher of the Year Blog Oct 2013
http://willthisbeontest.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/start-june-2013-numbers-update/
NJ State Teacher of the Year Blog
http://njtoymsd.blogspot.com/2012/11/fix-you-coldplay.html
NJ DOE newsletter the Bridge
http://www.nj.gov/education/bridge/13/01/HurricaneSandy.htm
One on One with Steve Adubato episode July 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1zCbl2ateQ
PBS Video segment
http://video.pbs.org/video/2345479432/
sandpaper november 2012
http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com/p/fresh-start-free-cleanup-crews-head-to-long-beach-island-this-weekend/926453
NJTV segment
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBrWGUtBesI
Manahawkin Barnegat Patch January 2013
http://barnegat-manahawkin.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/staff-relief
We are mentioned and featured in the documentary film Landfall; The Eyes of Sandy
http://landfallfilm.com/
Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/staffordteachersandresidentstogether
Surviving Sandy  reference
http://www.down-the-shore.com/sandybook.html
sanpaper november 2013
http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com/p/beach-haven-west-tour-reveals-a-mixed-bag-of-tragedy-one-year-after-sandy/1074664?cid=1434861
Manahawkin Barnegat Patch november 2013
http://barnegat-manahawkin.patch.com/groups/steve-moran-news-stories/p/start-isnt-finished-in-beach-haven-west?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook
Classroom Closeup Episode focusing on Storm cleanup of teachers
http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid616303322001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAj36EGjE~,w53r2XdUtIKicZtYeqwQCZ9sRRlZ5HmF&bctid=2073351656001

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