Home Articles Halstead International Culture Allure Makes A Difference | Lawrence High School Article by Gena Rovira – When Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast in October of 2012 it was considered one of the most destructive storms in United States history. This storm spanning over 1100 miles affected 24 states including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine, with severe damage to New Jersey and New York. This devastating storm flooded entire neighborhoods, destroyed homes, schools and peoples lives. In many areas four years later, people are still suffering without homes as a result of this horrible storm. As Long Islanders began to slowly emerge from their homes the next day, the administration of Lawerence High School in Cedarhurst, NY came to the conclusion that the High School was so badly damaged from the storm that students would be relocated and the school would be closed for at least 2 months. The damage encompassed the first floor and all the electrical wiring due to the excessive amount of seawater that entered the building. When Robert Verone, Art Educator, mentor and Scholars Coordinator for Lawrence High School returned to his class room after the two-month closure he recognized the importance of boosting the morale of his students. The flooring in the Art Commons area, which had always been a safe and creative space for students to spend time, had been completely destroyed and was in need of updating. He recruited a few freshman, who after some research, found our installation video on our Allure YouTube channel. Robert then reached out to us. Recognizing that this was the right product for them, he made a few phone calls and eventually reached myself and Rick Taylor. He told us the situation and asked if there was any way we could donate products to the school. His goal was to teach his students how to install our product hoping to give his students hands on knowledge and ownership of their space. With the help of Harlan, Jonathan Stone and the Calhoun crew we were able to make it happen. A few weeks later after the product arrived, Rick and I headed out to the school and helped the crew get started. The result was amazing and the students learned valuable lessons in team work and trade. Now, four years later, these four boys are seniors and ready to move on to the next journey in their lives. Eli Trought will be attending SUNY Farmingdale, Sammy Robinson is attending SUNY Iona on a full Basketball scholarship, Edwin Hernandez is attending SUNY Binghampton and Demario Hussy is attending SUNY Stony Brook. All the students ranked high in their class and Edwin and Sammy received 6 college credits each from LIU POST Scholars Program in Art this year. Sammy received 3 College credits from Five Towns in Scenic Design and Set Design. This experience gave the boys real world knowledge and we hope that they will use this knowledge through-out their lives.