Nightly News   |  June 14, 2013

Making prom possible for Sandy-ravaged high school

Some communities, like the Rockaways in Queens, N.Y., are still picking up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. At Channel View School for Research, which is still being run on a generator, the senior prom no longer seemed feasible: until Operation Prom stepped in. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

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>>> our final story tonight comes to us from the rochaway section of queens in new york city . hard hit after hurricane sandy, including one school so badly damaged, it's hardly been a normal school year for the students who go there, and a challenging time for the senior class, who didn't think prom would be possible. that was until an army of volunteers stepped n eped in to make a difference. the story from katy tur.

>> reporter: all dressed up and dapper. finishing the senior year of high school , exactly the way he is supposed to.

>> which hand do i put it on?

>> reporter: figuring out how to put a corsage on his date. his classmates couldn't imagine anything normal about the last year of high school .

>> you don't know what you have until you lose it. the storm came from both sides and they met in the middle.

>> a few miles away , kristy's house also badly damaged.

>> the water with the door, the window, where, and came up to about right here.

>> reporter: their school, channel view school for research was flooded and lost power, forcing them to relocate for months. with all to fix, spending money on nonessentials wasn't happening. prom seemed like a luxury. and operation prom stepped in.

>> we can't build houses, but we can give a prom to student who may not afford going. a dress, 150 for a ticket, limo prices. so much money involved.

>> reporter: they raised more than $11,000, providing donated dresses.

>> that's the dress.

>> reporter: tuxes.

>> i'll go with the pink.

>> reporter: and the prom itself. operation prom and men's warehouse paid for everything.

>> it's just the beginning.

>> and the sta

>> and the start of a future that even a hurricane couldn't wash away katy tur, nbc news, new york.

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