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Kids helping kids
Lab School students present Autumn Festival to benefit Albany Med
What: BCHS Autumn Festival
When: Saturday, Nov. 5, noon-3 p.m.
Where: The athletic track behind the High School
COST: Admission is $5. All proceeds go to the Albany Med Students Care for Kids Organization
A group of Lab School students invite you out to a good time for a great cause.
As part of the Bethlehem Lab School Community Service Initiative project, seniors Belle Hettie, Katie Kambrich, Jake Abbuhl, Andrew Hynes and Chloe DeAngelis invite everyone to Bethlehem Central High School’s first Autumn Fair on Saturday, Nov. 5, noon to 3 p.m. at the track located behind the high school.
There will be live music played by the BC Hooligans, games, arts and crafts, a bake sale, relay races, prizes, pumpkin decorating, face painting and much more. Admission is $5 per person and all proceeds go to the Albany Med Students Care for Kids Organization and the Albany Med Children’s Hospital.
The students said preparing the festival really drove home the importance of charity.
"I think it's important for students to know that helping people is an important thing to do. Community service teaches you a ton of life lessons. The Children's Hospital is an especially worthy organization, they help out so many kids and do so much work that they definitely deserve this,” said Andrew.
Members of the group said they picked this particular charity because they can identify with those it helps.
"Students Care for Kids is a great program. We picked this organization to fundraise for because we realized how scary it must be to have serious health issues at such a young age," said Jake.
Chloe emphasized that the kids the charity helps live right here in the Capital Region.
"The community should know that you don’t have to go to Turkey to help people - there are plenty of people here in Albany that need help, many of them our own age. That's why the Albany Children's Hospital is such a great cause; it really puts things in perspective," She said.
All of the volunteering, baking, set-up and organization of the event has been done entirely by the five students. The group said they hope this sends a message to other students and children about giving back, and how it can start at a young age.
"It felt great to put this event together. It took a ton of planning and work, but once it was all over we knew all our efforts were worth it. We realized we were doing something worth our while," said Katie.
In addition to admission, there will be donation jars available at the festival for anybody who would like to donate directly to the Children's Hospital at Albany Med. The students’ goal is to raise at least $1,000 for the charity, but, of course, they hope to exceed that.
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