Over 300 Rocky Hill High School students and 50 chaperones volunteered Friday afternoon to help clean up and better their community.
The 12th annual Lend-A-Paw allows students the opportunity to give back to the community.
"It's a lot of fun," Dan Madigan, student leader with the Lend-A-Paw event, said. "It is nice to make the place better to use."
Madigan, a junior, spent his day cleaning up the Connecticut River and Ferry Park. He said Friday was his third time participating in Lend-A-Paw and many students do the event all four years. Students have been known to return to the sites, not during Lend-A-Paw, and volunteer their time.
"It's really great to get out with the kids," said Mike Iavarone, an RHHS teacher and chaperone.
He spent the day at Dinosaur State Park helping students perform various tasks, such as raking the parking lots, cleaning the walking trails and removing a stump from the ground that was damaged by Hurricane Irene.
"It is really great to have the extra staff," said Meg Enkler, the park's director. "And they are of the age where they can do this and not wake up with a bad back."
Students volunteered at the following locations:
- CRRA Trash Museum
- Dinosaur State Park
- Knox Park
- Lutz Museum
- State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
- Carousel Museum
- Connecticut Veterans’ Home
- Hackney's Hope Farm
Each student donated two non-perishable food items, which were given to the . Over 700 food items were given to the food pantry.
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