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 15, giving more than 50 students a chance to visit nonprofit organizations and other facilities to help with cleaning and other tasks.
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, Vintage Grace and Derry Public Library.
Jobs included basic cleaning, landscaping, organizing and painting.
At Derry Public Library, a crew of students worked on special projects that would support the library's teen space area.
Emma Snowdon of Hampstead said she enjoyed working at the library and helping the community.
"Your community gives you so much," she said, adding that even a small bit of help can make a big impact on people.
Pinkerton Associate Dean of Students Roger Konstant has helped lead the Pinkerton effort for many years. This year, the Upper Room also helped organize and host the day of giving.
He said agencies that want to be involved help produce projects they would like students to help with. That could be painting, cleaning or a more unique project as in a former year's history museum project.
Konstant said many students have been involved in the special day for all four of their high school years. The day is a true testament to how much students enjoy being involved and helping others.
"It's a great day for these kids," he said. "They realize what's going on in the community."
After the work was done, students gathered back at Pinkerton for ice cream and cake, and to talk about their experiences.
Konstant said he hoped more agencies will reach out next year with projects for the Youth Day of Giving Back effort.