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This year’s graduating class from Ogdensburg Free Academy is giving back to the school district in a big way, saving two clubs that were slated to be cut from the budget and giving the district $1,000 to help build a playground for students at their yet to be constructed new primary wing at Kennedy Elementary School.

Class President Kori Bresett attended Lincoln Elementary School.

“It was always fun and in the summer when it was nice out we were always outside,” she said.

Vice President Brianna Barber attended Sherman Elementary School and she had similar memories, recalling fun time with her classmates, naps and of course the playground.

“I really enjoyed the playground,” she said. “I think this new playground will be great for them.”

Ms. Bresett agreed, “They’ll really enjoy the new playground.”

Both Lincoln and Sherman elementaries are slated to be closed once the expansion at Kennedy is complete.

Superintendent Timothy M. Vernsey accepted the class’ donation before their graduation rehearsal Thursday morning.

“We would certainly like to thank the Class of 2012. This donation will have an everlasting impact for future students at the new Kennedy School.”

The class also made donations to both the Earth Club and Art Club, clubs that would have otherwise been casualties of the budget cut from the roster of activities offered at the school.

“We wanted to touch base with all types of students,” Treasurer Grace Testani said, adding those clubs were important to a significant number of her classmates and other students.

Secretary Brittany Redmond agreed, “There were a lot of kids in those clubs,” she said. “The more activities we can offer at the school the better.”

In the past the class has also presented a dozen $100 scholarships to graduating seniors, but this year’s class manages to raise enough money to double that and will be awarding 12 $200 scholarships.

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