Keene Valley Students at Keene Central School spent the week of Oct. 7-11 celebrating all things Beavers.
While the week included events like spirit and opposite days, it also inspired a communitywide service project.
“Sept. 11 had become a Day of Service project for the school, but Jatha (Johnson) thought that this would be a nice event to have as part of the Spirit Week,” KCS teacher Melissa LaVallee said. “The community gives so much to us and this was a chance to give back to them in whatever small way we could.”
Students in the school spent the day Oct. 8 out in the community doing various cleanup jobs for individuals and community institutions.
“We did some raking, garbage cleanup, trail cleanup and work at the Rivermede Farm,” LaVallee said. “They were all so proud of the themselves for being able to help people.”
“We had students that came back and were very emotional about the fact that they made people cry by being there to help,” Johnson said.
Johnson said the students were able to learn the importance of service to their community and how positive it could be for both the person receiving the service and those performing it.
“This school is the center of the community, and we wanted to do something that gives back to the community that has supported us,” she said.