Nightly News | November 14, 2012
>>> we're back and it is time for our "making a difference report tonight. it may take a disaster like hurricane sandy to make kids feel how much they miss school. a lot of families have been uprooted, and neighbors are contributing as much as they can to get their sense of security back. our report tonight from nbc's rehema ellis.
>> reporter: second graders from two schools in one classroom, brought together by disaster.
>> hurricane sandy was like a tornado. and a storm.
>> reporter: more than 400 students from this school on staten island have been relocated to the nearby petriti school. the principal of ps-52 says the generous people are overwhelming.
>> this will allow them to heal more quickly.
>> reporter: to make it happen took a village.
>> everybody is absolutely working together from the custodians, to the security staff, the kitchen, the school aides, power professionals.
>> reporter: conference rooms are now makeshift classrooms. one classroom serves as a supply store. from lunch boxes, to backpacks, to rulers, everything here is donated, available to students and teachers, free of charge. did you have one of these before?
>> i actually did.
>> reporter: technology company 1 e spent the day surprising students who lost the most. this 12-year-old remembers when water rushed into his house and he climbed over a fence to safety. did you think you would get out okay?
>> no, i thought i was going to die.
>> reporter: what does it mean to you, santiago?
>> it is very special to me.
>> reporter: why?
>> because i had nothing, and now i have a lot of friends and people that care about me.
>> reporter: frightening experiences and incredible loss make these gifts even more meaningful.
>> thank you.
>> reporter: moments of joy, as people work together to lift kids' spirits.
>> i think they're like angels.