Hoosick Falls seniors help renovate place special to them

September 21, 2017 06:08 PM

Hoosick Falls seniors are part of the group cleaning and painting the youth center in the village.  

On Wednesday and Thursday, the class spent time working towards getting the center open again. A lot of them say the youth center used to be the place to be after school in elementary.  

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"In school everyone would be like, 'are you going to the youth center?' Like, 'let's all meet at the youth center,' and that's where everyone would go," said Darian Morgan, senior.

Since this senior class outgrew it, the number of programs declined, the gym was closed down, and since January, there's been nothing.

"It was sad actually, walking in when we were younger, it was a really positive environment," said Morgan.

It was positive and full of energy again this week.

The youth center board has a vision to open it back up. The senior class came to help in half-day shifts with brooms and rollers in hand.

"It wasn't like, 'oh geez we got to go to the youth center'. No, it was something like, 'yeah I'd love to do it'. Because it's going to help other kids like it helped me and my friends," said Guy Milliman, senior.

The majority of the seniors we talked to used to hang out here. If they weren't doing homework, or being mentored, they were on the hardwood.

Varsity guard Evan McCart attributes a lot of the team's success to playing here. Eliza Whitman says the younger generation is missing out.

"You can see it in the ability and the skills of the younger kids in basketball. They're not they're like they used to be," said Whitman, senior.

The seniors want the next generation to have what they did.  

"It's what makes us who we are today. It's where we grew up," said Milliman.

And for this place, to be the place to be, again. 

The board hopes to reopen the center in November.

Seniors at Hoosick Falls have to complete 20 hours of community service before they graduate. The kids we talked to were happy to count this towards the tally.



Asa Stackel

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