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Eden Raiders will respond with a day of community service

RAIDERS RESPOND — A group of female Eden students participated in last year’s community service Raiders Respond day, by doing landscaping at the Boys & Girls Club of Eden. Photo submitted by Barbara Thomasulo.
EDEN — The Eden Central School District will take Friday, May 16 to give back to the community, with a district-wide service day called “Raiders Respond.”

Residents will have the opportunity to be given a hand with spring tidying. Suggestions and requests for service projects will be accepted, prior to the Raiders Respond day.

On this occasion, which was developed by the District Shared Decision Making Team, each school in the district will participate in a stated effort of supporting the community.

Dave Kean, an 11th and 12th grade history teacher at Eden Junior-Senior High School and a student counsel advisor, has been involved as a supervisor for the Raiders Respond project, each event year.

“It’s getting out in the community and doing some good things for the town of Eden,” Kean said.

He said that, with the arrival of spring, “I look at my lawn and it’s this horrible ugly color, with dirt and rocks and sticks. People need help.” Smaller projects have included yard work, the removal of unwanted items from lawns and the mulching of flower beds. If flowers need to be planted, the students will do that, as well.

“There really is no job that is too small,” Kean said.

Service activities will be open to all residents, those with disabilities, the elderly and also local businesses that may need some assistance.

In the past, Raiders Respond day participants put in work at the 200-year-old Welch Farm Museum for Agricultural and Historical Preservation, which is located in Eden.

According to Kean, this type of event involves “a whole realm of different projects.” Students will help clean cars and trucks at the Eden Police station, play music for the elderly, exert efforts to spruce up the local creek beds and give car washes.

All in all, Raiders Respond day is “open to anyone and everyone that lives in Eden and wants a hand,” Kean said.

He said that the community service is “good for [local residents], good for our kids [and] good for our faculty and staff.”

The Eden School District has said that “students and adults will work together to provide assistance to the Eden community, while helping students to realize the importance of being a vital part of it.”

Eden District Clerk Barbara Thomasulo said, “The program has been great. The students who are involved love it, and the people and groups receiving the help are very grateful.”

An application to suggest a service project for Eden students to tackle is available in the district office and in the school’s main office, both of which are located at 3150 Schoolview Road in Eden.

Supervisors said that they recommend suggestions be in by the beginning of May, so there will be ample time to prepare for the upcoming projects.

Donations are being accepted at all of the appropriate school buildings, in preparation for the upcoming day of service.
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