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High School Volunteers Honored

youthgenerateSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Local student volunteers were honored tonight at Springfield Technical Community College for taking part in national volunteer week.

Some 50 students from 5 local high schools including East Longmeadow, Chicopee, Commerce, Central and Ludlow, all worked on different projects unique to their communities.

One group did a digital citizen presentation warning others about the dangers of social media.

Another group held a care package drive.

The group from Ludlow planted flowers at their town’s elementary school.

“We got to work with some of the elementary school kids when we were planting flowers at their school so it was just a lot of fun and it kind of brought the two school communities together which was really cool,” explains Kara Baillargion, a senior at Ludlow High School.

The program is called “Youth Generate” and is organized by the United Way of Pioneer Valley.

This was the program’s first year and organizers hope next year will be even bigger and better.

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