DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

June 5, 2014

Pinkerton students give back to community

Students lend helping hands

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — DERRY — Helping hands were out in force as Pinkerton Academy students spread out across the community during the annual Youth Day of Giving Back.

The annual community service program this year fell on May 28, giving more than 50 students a chance to visit nonprofit organizations and other facilities to help with cleaning and other tasks.

“The Youth Day of Giving Back is a great opportunity for our students to get involved in their community” said Roger Konstant, Pinkerton Associate Dean of Students.

Students gathered early, then fanned out to work at seven local organizations which had many tasks on their lists to be completed.

In Derry, those receiving student help included Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, The Upper Room, Vintage Grace and the Derry History Museum.

Jobs included basic cleaning, landscaping, organizing and painting.

Pinkerton senior Kevin Ell was busy at the Community Caregivers office at the Masonic Lodge in Derry. He and Kayke Alves took on an outdoor washing project at the East Broadway building.

It was a good way to help others, he said.

“I really just wanted to give back to my community,” Ell said. “I’m always taking, I wanted to give back.”

Alves agreed.

“The name (of the day) says it all,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for us.”

Konstant said many students have been involved in the special day for all four of their high school years.

One of those students, Courtney Collins, said she looks forward to the day every year.

The Pinkerton senior was doing some vacuuming and carpet cleaning inside the Caregivers’ office area.

“It’s a fun day,” Collins said. “It’s always something different and always something fun.”

Konstant said that type of commitment every year is a true testament to how much students enjoy being involved and helping others.

Pinkerton junior Christian Merheb said it was good to get involved.

“It’s important to help the community,” he said. “There are just tons of people who are always giving so much to you.”

Angelica Ladd, The Upper Room events coordinator, said having students help is an annual blessing and teaches a valuable lesson.

“They learn about being a part of the community while providing invaluable manpower to local nonprofits,” she said.

After the work was done, students gathered back at Pinkerton for ice cream and cake, and to talk about their experiences.