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Helping out

Girls on the South Glens Falls cross-country team help The Open Door Mission in Glens Falls clean out a storage room.

The South Glens Falls cross-country teams left the track to help The Open Door Mission in Glens Falls on Monday.

Athletic Director Nick McPartland said it was a part of the Leadership Summit.

“We are trying to incorporate more community service through our teams,” he said.

McPartland added that it was the coaches who took the idea and made it happen.

Athlete Nathan Nagle spoke to The Post-Star to represent the boys team, while fellow athlete Mia Cooper explained what the girls did.

The girls were informed of what the program was doing and helped the group clear out a storage room for the busy winter assistance that The Open Door Mission will provide, Cooper said.

“I thought it was a good experience for the team that wasn’t running or training,” Cooper said.

The boys team helped move about 700 boxes, Nagle said, and some scrap wood as well. The goal was to create room to expand the area for beds.

“It really opened up the perspective of like how much homelessness we have in Glens Falls,” Nagle said. “They are going from eight to 50 beds. All eight beds are usually filled. … That opened my eyes up.”

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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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