Special delivery for high school seniors

Dogs Skye, left, and Yogi get excited as Saranac Lake Central School District Superintendent Diane Fox, front right, gives gifts to high school seniors Leena Keal, left, and Lily Ervin Wednesday morning on Forest Hill Avenue. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

SARANAC LAKE — The morning air on Forest Hill Avenue was split by the sounds of cheering, ringing cowbells and barking dogs, heralding the arrival of two Saranac Lake High School ambassadors bearing gifts for soon-to-be-graduating seniors Leena Keal and Lily Ervin.

It’s one of many efforts to do something special for high schoolers who have lost special aspects of their senior year to the coronavirus pandemic.

High School Principal Josh Dann and district Superintendent Diane Fox were making their rounds Wednesday, visiting all 78 SLHS seniors and giving them posters of their faces, $10 gift cards for Nori’s Village Market donated by the store, and gift bags for their parents.

“Yo, I get a picture of my face,” Keal said.

Fox joked about the Nori’s gift card with Keal, whose father is an owner of the business. Fox asked if Keal ever goes there; Keal replied “Not ever.”

Saranac Lake High School Principal Josh Dann hands senior Leena Keal a gift bag as fellow senior Lily Ervin and their family members look on Wednesday morning on Forest Hill Avenue. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

This was the school administrators’ 15th stop of the morning, at around 10 a.m.

“This is a six-and-a-half hour trip,” Dann said. “We started at 9, and we’re going to hit every house.

“It’s been awesome,” he added. “I think most of them have been sleeping, but they’ve been chipper.”

Two dogs, Yogi and Skye, ran around, soaking in the excitement.

Dann, as he left, told the seniors to “finish strong” and to listen to their parents.


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