Youth Works is a blessing to area

WARRENSBURG It was hot and muggy, but the kids were in good spirits as they turned over the soil around the sign at the Countryside Adult Home in Warrensburg.

Matthew Lill, Kenneth Graham and Chasen Shoopman were in town from their homes in Fort Wayne, Ind., with a group of 60 kids with an organization called Youth Works for service work for one week.

Theyre from church groups from around the country and they spend a week in an area doing service projects, said Sara Knoll, a coordinator with Youth Works. She lives in Orlando, Fla., but is staying in Chestertown in the former Poor House which was purchased by the Wesleyan Church.

Were all sleeping on air mattresses, Knolls said.

This is the first year that Youth Works has sent members of the organization to the Adirondack region. Knolls said once Youth Works comes to an area during the summer, it generally comes back for five to 10 years.

Several kids on the one-week Mission Trip to Chestertown were at the Cornell Cooperative Extension and Countryside Adult Home to upgrade and plant new gardens. Horticulture Educator Julie Nathanson with the Cooperative Extension said the project was a joint effort between the extension and the adult home.

Theyre doing several projects here, weeding and establishing a wildflower bed in front of the extension building and Countryside and planting flowers around the Countryside sign, she said.

Other teams of Youth Works kids were running a Kids Club at the Ski Bowl Park in North Creek.

Its for five to 10 year old kids, from 11:30 - 2:30 Monday through Thursday all summer. The free program is run by the Youth Works kids who are in junior and senior high school. The younger kids do crafts, sing songs and other fun activities during the program.

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