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Harvey School Students Wade In To Clean Up Stamford's Mill River Park

Colin Glascott, from Bedford Hills, N.Y., a 10th grade student at the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y., getting ready to wade into the water as part of a cleanup at Mill River Park in Stamford on Tuesday.
Colin Glascott, from Bedford Hills, N.Y., a 10th grade student at the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y., getting ready to wade into the water as part of a cleanup at Mill River Park in Stamford on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Upper School students from the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y., cleaning up at Mill River Park in Stamford on Tuesday morning.
Upper School students from the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y., cleaning up at Mill River Park in Stamford on Tuesday morning. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Ben Kabakow, from Westport, a junior at the Harvey School recorded his fellow students at work at Mill River Park in Stamford on Tuesday.
Ben Kabakow, from Westport, a junior at the Harvey School recorded his fellow students at work at Mill River Park in Stamford on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. -- It wasn't a typical school day, but it's one that Harvey School students threw themselves into.

About 300 upper school students of the school in Katonah headed to Mill River Park in Stamford on Tuesday morning to do cleanup and beautification projects.

Colin Glascott, 16, from Bedford Hills, N.Y., strapped on hip waders to head into the river to pick up trash. Last year, he picked weeds out of the fence at Mill River Park.

"We're  picking up all of the trash and all the other stuff that gets put in the river," he said.

Ben Kabakow, a junior from Westport, put his broadcast skills to work interviewing and recording his fellow students and staff members while the cleanup project was underway. He's the producer of the school's television program.

Other groups fanned out on the East Side of Stamford to complete other projects as part of its annual "Harvey Builds" initiative.

Teacher Susan Harris said the school has developed partnerships over the years with various partners to perform community service — and the Mill River Park is a perfect place for them to work.

"We try to pick a community where we feel the whole school can come together and really give back and have an impact and having 300 people in one area can be challenging," she said.

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