Rutgers students apply studies, provide Sandy relief, as volunteers of Student Conservation Association

myCentralJersey.com
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Lea Steinman and James Coyle will be leading high school and college age students in cleaning and rebuilding the Sandy Hook area.

The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in October was debilitating and widespread. Many New Jersey students and their families felt the immediate effects of the storm, but were unable to lend a hand during the school year. Recognizing the significant need for Sandy recovery work, a Rutgers University student and an alumnus are volunteering with a national conservation group to rebuild national and city parks throughout New Jersey and New York this summer.

Through the Student Conservation Association, Rutgers students Lea Steinman and James Coyle will each be leading a group of high school and college age students in cleaning and rebuilding the Sandy Hook area.

Steinman is a current graduate student of the Rutgers School of Social Work and Coyle is a 2012 graduate of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Both Steinman and Coyle said that their educational backgrounds encouraged them to volunteer with the SCA.

“I saw this as a leadership opportunity to work with kids – a group I will often be working with throughout my career,” Steinman said.