Hundreds of students turn out for Day of Service
Tuesday, April 22
Paul Smith's College senior Ellen Weaver helps clean up the grounds of the Tri-Lakes Animal Shelter in Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Weaver was one of about 250 students who fanned out across the North Country to volunteer their time during the college's first ever Day of Service, which took place on Earth Day 2014. Several students joined Weaver at the shelter, while others helped out at the Malone Animal Shelter and the Town of Brighton Food Pantry. They also made cards for injured war veterans, cleaned up area roadways and streams, took part in a 5K charity run, did a food drive and much more.
“This was a great way to express how important service is to the college," said Jill Susice, Paul Smith’s student activities coordinator, who helped organize the event after President John W. Mills approached her with the idea. "I thought it was a wonderful opportunity since so many of our students already do community service on their own."
Classes were cancelled campuswide for the Day of Service, which is scheduled to become an annual event.