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Lake George High School seniors took their education on the road as 62 students volunteered on Friday at 13 nonprofit organizations across the region for the annual Senior Give Back Day.

The students gave two hours of their time doing various duties, from staining to sweeping and pulling weeds.

Rose O'Leary works in the Glens Falls American Red Cross office, where students were helping. 

“We can’t keep up with everything here, but we try,” O'Leary said. “It’s a great, great help for them to come through and do what they are doing. … It’s just a beautiful thing.”

At American Red Cross' regional office, students undertook a wide range of chores — Lake George seniors swept the front sidewalk, cleaned exterior windows and cars, and organized the storage areas.

Four students traveled to St. James Episcopal Church, on Ottawa Street in Lake George, to beautify the garden and enhance the handicap ramp. The Rev. Jean DeVaty represented the church as the students assisted.

She emphasized the beneficial impact of having these interactions between the community nonprofits, like the church, and the students at Lake George.

“For us, it’s actually the engagement and having this life come in and help us with things that really are, for an aging parish, hard for us to do and get to. …You care more when you know your neighbor. When you work together, you have this common memory then.”

The Lake George Chamber of Commerce advisers spoke about life after the students' senior year and how their life goals can change once, twice or multiple times. After that, they helped the chamber fill travel bags that are usually filled by Queensbury or Glens Falls Senior Center residents. The chamber gives out 25,000 to 30,000 of these bags a year.

The students returned to the school at about 11:30 a.m. and took part in a college caravan in the school’s gymnasium. They ended the school day with a homecoming pep rally.

Michel Lee of American Red Cross said the local students completed work that was difficult to do as daily tasks take priority.

“It’s awesome,” Lee said of the students’ efforts. “We so appreciate their help.”

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Andrew David Kuczkowski is the education reporter. Andrew can be reached at 518-742-3354. Follow Andrew on Twitter: @ByKuczkowski.



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