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December 17, 2009

Letters to the Editor: December 17, 2009

Great workers, and good kids

Today, Sunday, Dec. 13, a group of nine Cooperstown High School students gathered around my kitchen table to stuff, seal, address, and stamp hundreds of envelopes for the Friends of the Village Library annual appeal mailing. I am sure there were about a dozen things these kids would rather have been doing, but they cheerfully worked, organizing the job among themselves as they went.

They did this volunteer work as a community service because they are members of the Leos Club,áthe junioráarm of the Lions Club.

You’ve probably seen these young adults around Cooperstown: they recently unloaded the Christmas trees for the Lions Club sale; they hold food drives at the Great American; they help serve meals at the Vets Club; they fold and sort clothing that’s been donated for needy families; they go around the village raking lawns in the autumn, along with many other tasks throughout the year.

These kids meet early in the morning — getting to school an hour before the other students once a week — to discuss, plan, and organize service and fundraising opportunities that they can help with in our village.

The Friends of the Village Library would like to express our gratitude to the Lions Club (especially to David Pearlman and Paul Weber, who supervise the Leos) for encouraging young people to embrace the spirit of volunteering that is so important to our community. Specific thanks to Tory Anania, Emily Brown, Ben Breiten, Georgia Saphir, Tiffany DeMell, Shyah Miller, Robbie Katz, Jacob Miller, and Natalie Grigoli — great workers, and good kids.

Karen Katz

President, Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown

This may be a harbinger

As a parent and citizen, I heartily applaud Mr. David Bertram’s elementary school project which has made his students and the rest of us aware of the actual levels of food waste in the cafeteria.

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