November 13, 2012
Dear Utility Workers,
After Hurricane Sandy blew through our state, 8.5 million homes and businesses were left without power. With trees and wires down, and flooding throughout the state, getting electricity back to the people was not only an immense job but a very dangerous one as well. As fourth graders at the Peck School we wanted to let all of you know how grateful we are for returning our lives back to normal.
At our school, we learn about values like perseverance and responsibility. These are qualities you demonstrated during this difficult time. We know there were hundreds, if not thousands, of you who traveled from all over our country to help New Jersey get back on its feet. For some of you it meant leaving your own families. It was so encouraging when we saw lines of trucks from Ohio, Florida, Maine, Alabama and many other places. You all persevered working 16-20 hour days in extreme conditions, and you did not give up until the job was done. As of Monday, November 12th, everyone in our grade had gotten their power back and we just wanted to thank you for that.
When we saw and heard stories about people not treating you with respect, we felt badly about it. You were working hard to help us and even though it was frustrating not to have power, people should have been more patient.
Next week we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and we want you to know we are thankful for all the hard work you have done for us.
The fourth grade students at the Peck School