Hugo

I read with interest the story in this morning’s State newspaper about Hurricane Hugo, particularly the recollections of the Inabinet family about how the hurricane impacted our local community.

When Hugo hit, I was the principal of a middle school in the Richmond, Virginia area. The day after the hurricane devastated South Carolina, a young lady in the seventh grade in my school came to me and asked if she could collect money for hurricane victims. She had heard on the news that there was a great need in Charleston for baby formula and diapers and wanted to help.

Over two days, a school of about 600 students collected over $1,200. A local supermarket sold us formula and diapers for well below cost. I’ll never forget how proud these middle school students were when they loaded the supplies on to a relief trailer headed to Charleston. One of my favorite memories of working in schools. Adversity brings out the best in people…

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