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Upward Bound students provide Easter fun

Alec Staley and Sierra Wimett, two students involved with the Upward Bound program, scatter Easter eggs for area children to find at CVPH Medical Center’s annual Easter egg hunt.

Alec Staley and Sierra Wimett, two students involved with the Upward Bound program, scatter Easter eggs for area children to find at CVPH Medical Center’s annual Easter egg hunt. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

Upward Bound has relationships with regional organizations that utilize students for volunteer work. The CVPH Foundation, North Country Underground Railroad, Champlain Valley Transportation Museum, Plattsburgh Half Marathon, North Country Center for the Arts, Adopt-A-Highway, JCEO Food Shelf and Plattsburgh Community Garden are examples of places where students volunteer.

“We require that all of our students complete at least one outreach activity during the academic year, and all of our students participate every Monday afternoon during the summer program,” said Associate Director Brian Post. “By the time our students graduate, most have close to 40 hours of volunteer work.”

“It is giving back to the community, and that is important for them to learn,” Green said. “It gives them that awareness of helping others, and it is a wonderful opportunity to be part of something.”

Upward Bound wants to foster that spirit of community mindedness in the students with a hope they will continue to give as they age.

Shelby Rock has spent three years in the program.

It’s helping to prepare her for college and she has learned a lot. She also feels she has matured since she has been part of Upward Bound.

She enjoyed spending Saturday morning at CVPH.

“I think this is very important because it is giving back to the community.”

LaBombard agreed.

She has spent three years in the program, has met a lot of people and was able to shadow an attorney. That was a valuable experience because she is considering a career in law.

She loves the community service aspect of Upward Bound.

“This one is really fun, because we got to hide the eggs for the kids,” she said.

Kaitlyn Smith, in her second year of Upward Bound, has appreciated the help preparing for college. She wants to be a pediatrician.

She was excited for the children to gather the eggs up Saturday and was glad to help.

“It makes you feel good.”

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