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Students strive to promote lake protection

Winning a contest for her efforts, Lake George Elementary fifth-grader Lynnaya Preuss designed this bookmark promoting protection of Lake George’s water quality.

Winning a contest for her efforts, Lake George Elementary fifth-grader Lynnaya Preuss designed this bookmark promoting protection of Lake George’s water quality.

— Hundreds of area of elementary School students, representing eight schools around Lake George, recently devised methods of publicizing the ways people can help keep the lake clean.

Their efforts were invested in the Lake George Association’s annual Lake George bookmark design contest.

Participating were public schools from Bolton, Queensbury, Putnam, Lake George, Whitehall, Fort Ann and Ticonderoga, as well as St. Mary’s Academy in Glens Falls.

The winning design, created by Lake George Elementary School fifth grader Lynnaya Preuss, features a young boy and girl looking out on the Lake with the slogan: ‘‘We are the Future. Make the Right Choices. Keep our Lake Clean.’’

Lake George Village Mayor Robert Blais recently presented a framed copy of the bookmark to Lynnaya at her school.

During his visit, Blais asked, ‘‘How many of you wish you could be swimming in the Lake right now?’’ — and dozens of hands shot up. He reminded the students that Lake George is not only relied on for swimming and other recreation, but it serves as a source of drinking water.

Each spring, area students are asked to focus on lake and watershed issues, such as water quality, invasive species, aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals, streams and wetlands, pollution, lake ecology and lake health.

“Through designing their own bookmarks, students encourage people to protect Lake George as an essential natural resource,” said LGA educator Emily DeBolt.

The bookmarks are available for free through libraries, schools and other public venues. For details, contact DeBolt at 668-3558 or info@lakegeorgeassociation.org.

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