Students participate in 'giving back'  

COURTESY PHOTOFifty Pinkerton Academy students were out and about May 19 as part of the annual Youth Day of Giving Back, supporting area nonprofits by helping with cleaning, painting, landscaping, and other tasks. 

DERRY — The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center and in partnership with Pinkerton Academy, coordinated another successful Youth Day of Giving Back by connecting 50 high school student volunteers with area nonprofits. 

Each year Pinkerton's Citizenship Committee solicits student volunteers to participate, with a focus on volunteerism with students matched to sites in the area and often leading to future volunteerism opportunities. 

This year, 50 students volunteered at five sites including Camp Carpenter in Manchester, YMCA of Greater Londonderry, The Upper Room, and the homes to two local seniors through Community Caregivers of Greater Derry. 

Projects ranged from helping with yard cleanup, planting gardens, spring cleanup, setting up tents for summer camps, and other necessary projects to help these agencies out. 

Hannah Bernard, a member of Pinkerton's class of 2024, said she wanted to volunteer because the past year posed a challenge with few opportunities to volunteer.

"Youth Day of Giving Back seemed like a great opportunity to get out there and do some good work," she said.

Pinkerton junior Kristina Packowski participated during her freshman year, returning this year and encouraging others to join the effort.

"Youth Day of Giving Back is such a fun experience," she said. "You get to make friendships with people you didn't even know and make relationships with agencies in order to volunteer in the future. If you want to know if you are doing something good in the world, I would recommend participating in Youth Day of Giving Back."

Pinkerton Associate Dean of Students, Roger Konstant, coordinated the placements of the students interested in giving back to their community.

“I believe this was one of our more successful years," Konstant said. "We had great weather and a group of 50 students eager to help out."

Konstant added this was the 22nd year for the Youth Day of Giving Back. 

"I was able to stop at each of the sites to see the students in action," Konstant said. "It was great to see the teamwork and effort they put forth at each of the agencies." 

"This is great to see as they will hopefully continue on with the Youth Day for the remainder of their Pinkerton career and maybe involve themselves in more volunteer opportunities," he said. 

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