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Stissing Mountain students learn the meaning of community service

Students recently presented the Albany Fisher House with a donation in appreciation for all the Fisher House Foundation does for veterans. From left are teacher John Schoonmaker, recipient Audrey Fisher and Stissing Mountain High School students Christine Lawless and Stephanie LeCain. Photo By Karen Pogoda

PINE PLAINS — Every high school student in New York state must complete a course called Participation in Government to satisfy their graduation requirements. The class has had a community service component for many years. John Schoonmaker, the teacher of this course at Stissing Mountain High School, makes community service an important part of the students’ list of responsibilities, and it’s something they must complete during the academic year.

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