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Area students help rebuild homes flooded in Oneida

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Students from Morrisville-Eaton, Sherburne-Earlville and Hamilton schools are spending their February break helping others.

There are people in Oneida still not back in their homes because of the flooding in the summer -- and the students want to change that.

For the past five years, students from Morrisville-Eaton have traveled to the Gulf Coast to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. This year, they saw the local need is just as great.

As part of "Operation Northern Comfort," the students are working on three homes in Oneida.

"I'm really happy to be doing it over break," said Megan Matthews. "It's a lot better use of time for my break than to just be sitting on the couch at home. I can go out and help someone rebuild a home that was lost."

Morrisville-Eaton Superintendent Michael Drahos helped spearhead the effort.

"They sometimes don't know what they're getting involved in, but by the end of the week, they understand," he said. "They get to know the homeowners and see the difference they're making, whether it's pulling out nails or brushing the floor.

"They get a real sense of helping others out and the fulfillment that brings."

This isn't the first time Morrisville-Eaton students have worked to rebuild in Oneida. A group worked on two separate projects last fall.

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