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Ready to volunteer? Here are simple ideas to start

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I have been doing something my entire life. My entire family has been doing it, actually. And that thing is volunteering — you just go do it. You can either ask to help out or just pitch in. I do so many food and clothing drives and cleanups; I even painted the benches in front of my school.

But the best part of volunteering is that it’s not hard. I’ll give you some advice on getting started. Clean up a beach, roadside or anywhere, really. Help out at an animal shelter. Save the animals! Stay after school to help your teacher clean up from the day or help prepare for the next day. Tutor kids in any subject you’re good at. Start a collection at your school. Those are just a few ideas, but there are so many more you can do.

You should volunteer because it helps not only your community, it helps the world. Like when you do a beach cleanup, you help make the beach clean, which means fewer animals will get hurt and sick. Anything can make a difference — you’ve just got to do it.

Debbie Cain and Derrick Horodyski’s sixth-grade class, Chatterton Elementary School, Merrick

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