As Schools Become Shelters, Students Become Volunteers

February vacation might be in jeopardy.

Graduation's usually the peak of a high school senior's year, but Keenan Connery figures she might be on the peak right now, helping out at Conard High School in West Hartford, which is serving as an emergency shelter this week

"I mean, I do want a graduation," she said, "but being part of this has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience," she said.

She's helped take care of kids who come into Conard with their parents looking for light and warmth as the power outage continues.

"Parents are asking me if it's OK to leave the children with me," she said. "It's been great."

Since Tuesday, more than 300 people have slept on cots in the gym each night. It's served more than 2,000 meals a day and received help from volunteering students.

Administrators said they won't turn the shelter back into a school until its safe for students to walk there.
West Hartford's school year started later than some other towns did, so the August power outage didn't chew up scheduled school days.

However, the last day of school has to be before July 1, so February vacation could be in jeopardy.

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