PLATTSBURGH - There's a group of students at Plattsburgh High School that enjoy giving back to the community.
The school's Student Association and College for Every Student program recently created holiday-themed placemats to deliver to elderly members of the community and shut-ins as a community service project.
Sue LaPierre, faculty advisor for the school's two organizations, said she was proud of the group of students, which included members of the school's Key Club and National Honor Society.
"We went to a conference in Buffalo and learned about a student service project for kids there for the local Meals on Wheels," explained LaPierre. "We thought this was a pretty easy event to organize that might brighten the day for lots of folks."
Through two sessions, students met to create the placemats - just one of the latest projects the Student Association and College for Every Student program have done to give back to the community, said LaPierre.
"It seemed like a nice way to do things for the folks around us," said LaPierre. "Particularly, in these economic times, we have to help each other out. I really think, in order to build a sense of community, we have to teach kids to take care of each other and people around us."
Senior Carissa Boire said she feels a sense of pride when performing community service projects. As vice president of the Student Association and active member of both Key Club and National Honor Society, Boire said it's not difficult to take time to make a difference in the lives of others.
"It's not very hard at all," she said. "It definitely brightens someone's day to even get a placemat that someone else made for them. It's just an easy way to help out the community."
Most recently, the students hosted "Santa's Workshop," a night for parents to bring their children to the school to have them supervised while they went out for their holiday shopping.
Senior Tejinder Gill, president of the Student Association, said offering a night like that for parents was just another way students could help give back to the community.
"It's fulfilling," Gill said of giving back. "Things like [Santa's Workshop] are more fun than work anyway. It's fun working with kids."
"I love knowing that I'm helping someone else," added Boire "It's definitely important for us to help out and help others. We're an organization who has an ability to help other people out and we like doing that."