Schenectady County

Duanesburg senior class donates $4,000 to food bank

Students had been saving for prom, trip
Duanesburg High School Eagle mascot monument in front of the school in Delanson in 2014.
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Duanesburg High School Eagle mascot monument in front of the school in Delanson in 2014.

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DUANESBURG — The Duanesburg High School senior class saw a need, and on Friday afternoon, those 57 Eagles gave.

“There was a food drive at Schenectady County Community College the other day, and the kids saw the footage,” Duanesburg English teacher Rebecca Press said Friday in a phone interview. “They saw the 600 cars there and said, ‘This is not OK. We need to do something.'”

The Duanesburg senior class voted to donate $4,000 of their senior fund to the Regional Food Bank. On Friday, senior class treasurer Andrew Drescher and student council vice president Paul Munson were in Latham to deliver a check in that amount.

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“They wanted to reach out and help,” said Press, who, along with Duanesburg art teacher Kevin DiTondo, serves as the senior class adviser.

Press said the senior class began raising money through a variety of activities when they were in sixth grade. Those funds were to be used for senior prom and a senior trip to Ocean City in New Jersey, but those events were called off in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that led to school closures and social-distancing protocols.

“I would say they are the most spirited, compassionate and caring group of students I have worked with in a long time,” Press said. “For years, they took care of one another. They saw people in a need and it concerned them. They sat down and decided to take care of someone else.”

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