Alternative Winter Break 2016 Post What the Media Misses – Avi Holtz

By Sharon Schoenfeld
The tall ones are good for something… Avi in Baton Rouge

Understanding the devastation to humans that isn’t displayed in the media can be quite a task. When the election, shootings, and other stories that are topical and have lots of natural popularity are what gain the most money, other catastrophes are overshadowed. The flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in August was just one of these stories. People’s houses were completely destroyed from the inside due to water influxes of over 2 feet. Houses were abandoned and never returned to because of the lack of good living conditions. Today we tried our best and made a difference to a victim of the flood. After he had taken out his own floors as they were completely unusable, we painted his walls and ceilings fully. Seeing him there was very emotional and him thanking us was very inspiring as it felt that we truly made some difference in a person’s life after being a victim of such unfortunate circumstances.

~ Avi Holtz is a 10th grader from White Plains, NY and this is his second AWB.

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