Paul Smith's Earth Day endeavor

PAUL SMITHS, NY (04/20/2015)(readMedia)-- Paul Smith's College is cancelling classes this Earth Day, but students won't take the day off – they'll fan out across the North Country to serve food and volunteer at several community groups and non-profit organizations.

Students, faculty and staff will take part in the college's second annual Day of Service on Wednesday, April 22. Projects are scheduled at the Left Bank Café in Saranac Lake, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, the Saranac Village at Will Rogers retirement community in Saranac Lake, area animal shelters, and many other places. Volunteers will do roadside cleanup, rake lawns, make cards for injured veterans and sick children, and much more. Classes across campus have been canceled for the day to maximize participation.

Culinary, hospitality and baking students will cap off the day with a 6 p.m. benefit dinner at the Left Bank Café. Chef Kevin McCarthy's Contemporary Cuisine class will prepare the "From the Earth" supper, which consists of an all-vegetable, five-course menu, and Chef Deb Misik's pastry students will take care of dessert. Professor Joe Conto's hospitality students will serve the meal. All proceeds will be donated to the Adirondack Farm to School Initiative. RSVP by calling Anne Sterling at 518-354-8166 or emailing

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