Watertown Girl Gets Class To Help Superstorm Sandy Victims

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She may be young, but 8 year old Arianna Stottlemire still wanted to lend a hand following Superstorm Sandy.

"I felt really sad for the people," she said.

There were people like Arianna, deaf students, who could use some kindness. 

With the help of an interpreter, Arianna explained how she reached out to Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf on Long Island.

"We sent candy, bags of candy.  I sent a dollar and I drew a picture on the paper for them," said Arianna.

Teacher for the deaf Louise Scanlon said Arianna is just one of more than a dozen deaf students from Jefferson-Lewis BOCES who sent care packages to the school.

"They had a lot of devastation out there.  Some of the students had lost their homes completely, some of the staff lost their homes, there was a lot of damage," said Scanlon.

Scanlon says it's not just a chance to teach the students about giving back, but also an opportunity to for them to be a part of the larger community of deaf people.

"It's an important connection for their communication because they sometimes feel isolated because of communication," said Scanlon.

For Arianna, it was a joy to help.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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