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Ti students, staff observe Earth Day with cleanup

TICONDEROGA - An eco-friendly army of 57 students and seven staff from Ticonderoga High School fanned out across the community to celebrate Earth Day with the spirit of volunteerism.

Armed with gloves and bags, students were ferried to locations around town by staff member Connie Wells.

The town provided a truck and driver to remove refuse as it was collected.

Using only time from study halls, students and staff removed trash from Calkins Place, Amherst Avenue, Lake George Avenue, Champlain Avenue, Alexandria Avenue and Lord Howe Street.

Back at the high school, study halls showed videos, sharing concerns for the planet's welfare and many teachers conducted paperless lessons or otherwise included Earth Day themes in their classes.

Additionally, Britney McCarthy's art classes participated in an Earth Day Poster contest. The winner was Chelsea Budwick with an honorable mention to Mersadie Olcott.

According to coordinator Bill Morse, the spring date makes it easy to see trash before plants put on summer foliage. It was also easy to see new litter which was deposited in the days following. Undaunted, Morse and the rest of the crew vow to tackle the roadsides again next year.

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