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Easthampton High School students organize fundraising walk for Sandy victims

An Easthampton High School student with family affected by Superstorm Sandy is asking area residents to take a walk Saturday to help victims along the East Coast.

Lochlyn Cernak-Mitchell and her friend Sarah Sienkiewicz have organized a one-mile fundraising walk to support the American Red Cross’s storm relief efforts.

It begins at Easthampton High School Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and each walker is asked to donate at least $5 to participate.

Cernak-Mitchell, 17, said she felt moved to help when she learned her cousin in New Jersey lost her home and lived for days without electricity.

“That’s one of the reasons we wanted to have it on a Saturday night in December,” she said.

“It will be cold and dark, and people will get the actual feeling of what it’s like to not have warmth or electricity.”

Walkers will head south on Williston Avenue, go through Nonotuck Park to Hisgen Avenue, turn right onto Garfield Avenue and then right onto Williston Avenue before returning to the high school.

Hot beverages will be provided to walkers by Mount Joe To Go of Holyoke. For information, visit the “Fundraising for Hurricane Sandy from Easthampton” page on Facebook.

— REBECCA EVERETT

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