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Class of 2016 volunteer project benefits Camp Chingachgook

photo of HS students volunteeringNovember 13, 2015 — This past weekend, several members of the senior class participated in a “Red and Black Gives Back” event at the YMCA’s Camp Chingachgook.

On Saturday, students and chaperones helped prepare the camp grounds for winter and close down the waterfront area. The group’s work projects included raking leaves and painting to help winterize this 101-year-old seasonal sleep-away camp on the eastern shore of Lake George.

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GFHS senior class members stand at the entrance to YMCA Camp Chingachgook.

“The purpose of this trip was twofold,” says art teacher and senior class advisor Peter Taylor. “First, to offer the students a chance to complete a community service project, and second to help the senior class bond as a group.”

Students were also able to enjoy some of the activities that Chingachgook has to offer, such as archery, the climbing wall, and Ga Ga Ball. “We had some wonderful meals and a campfire on Saturday night,” says teacher Shannon McKeighan. “On Sunday the group took a hike to Stewart’s Ledge to see some great views of Lake George.”

The Camp offered to provide accommodations and the bonfire in exchange for the students’ work. Beyond the physical maintenance projects, the senior class is also collecting donations for their Camp Chingachgook scholarship fund. Any student or adult wishing to donate to this fund can make checks out to the “Camp Chingachgook Scholarship Fund,” and bring them to the high school’s main office.

“Hopefully our students come away from this weekend feeling that altruism, combined with friendship, is a worthy endeavor,” says Mr. Taylor.

Students who volunteered their weekend include Gabrielle Davis, Kellen Wolfe, Luke Kelly, Scarlett De Witt, Emily Haas, Adam Kleinfeldt, Emily Harrigan, Ashley Lewry, Madison MacDonald, Kyle Frank, Clay Smith, Karissa Rivers, Olivia Southworth, Heidi Whalen, Vito Caselnova, and Kyle Suchan.

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