“We wore that clothing to protect ourselves from the mold, mildew and poor quality air in the building,” Simons said.
Inside the building, the students saw no personal items, no furniture or appliances, “just broken walls and doors, pieces of the building lying all over the place,” Simons said.
They worked the entire day piling debris outside the building and helping dispose of it.
The students returned to Haverhill with a sense of accomplishment, a feeling that they helped people in need, Terry said. It was remarkable how a community can lose so much and still rebound, said Sanchez, and that probably impressed the students the most.