On November 29, students from Mrs. Bongo’s History of the Holocaust class and Mr. Hamm’s and Mrs. Fox’s English classes attended a presentation by Holocaust survivor Ruth Mendel. Mrs. Mendel spoke of her experiences living in Luxembourg at the outset of WWII. When her small country was occupied by Nazi forces, she and her family, being Jewish, were forced to flee, first to Portugal and ultimately to the United States. Mrs. Mendel not only spoke of her experiences during the war, but also brought students a message about the importance of being kind and compassionate to others, no matter their background.
Ballston Spa High School students from the Interact Club assisted with the unloading over 800 trees for the annual Christmas Tree sale at Curtis Lumber. This event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ballston Spa. The community has benefited from the sale organized by local volunteers for more than thirty five years. Interact is a service club with students joining together from all classes to provide community service and assist with Rotary projects.
Ballston Spa High School Student Council brought a decorated wreath to commemorate Veterans at the VFW Post 358 and to recognize the memorial that was dedicated. Ethan Shuhart wrote an eloquent speech thanking our veterans for their service and how they have inspired him to pursue service in the military. Student council members handed out cards to veterans thanking them for their service.