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Mechanicville Elementary School teaches students to be community-minded

Second-grader Ryan Meager shows off a salvia plant before he plants it in front of the Mechanicville Elementary School on Tuesday morning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Second-grader Ryan Meager shows off a salvia plant before he plants it in front of the Mechanicville Elementary School on Tuesday morning.
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Mechanicville Elementary School isn’t just training students for the next grade.

“We’re trying to create community-minded adults,” said school Principal Stephen Marra, referring to a service club they offer for about half of their fifth-graders. “They’re kind of like a mini-Rotary.”

The club meets weekly with a teacher and tackles different volunteer projects, like cleaning up a nature trail, making posters to advertise events, picking up trash in the school yard or anything else ...

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