Grateful seniors give back

All of the work that students did on Friday will continue giving back to the community, but the installation of a "Peace Garden" at the Presbyterian-New England Church on Circular Street will provide a direct benefit to the area's needy with ingredients for the Economic Opportunity Council's soup kitchen.

Those vegetables will also be part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension's Eat Smart New York program. Siobhan A'Hearn, who works with Eat Smart, said she will use them for cooking classes at the soup kitchen to teach self sufficient and healthy eating habits.

She also said she hopes to see Saratoga Springs students back at the garden next year to help with improvements.

"We're already anticipating next year as being bigger and better," A'Hearn said. She added that some of the volunteers inquired about getting involved in Eat Smart on Friday.

"I think it gives the kids a great world view as to what they can do on a small scaleit's a great thing to learn at a young age," she said.

Helping out area agencies like the Salvation Army or the Best Beds Project also exposes students to a side of their community they may not have seen before. The program is aimed at teaching the students about the work they are doing.

"At each of the sites, our kids will interface with the directors of the agencies," DeMartino said. "Most of our kids do not know that they feed 15 people a morning at the Salvation Army. Those things are fairly quiet operations."

Graduation for the class of 2009 has been scheduled for 9 a.m., Thursday, June 25, at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.""

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