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Pockets of Play to Celebrate Saranac River Trail

Hula-hooping, kickball, dance and hopscotch are just a few of the activities that will take place along the Saranac River Trail 10 a.m.- noon Saturday, Oct. 24, when SUNY Plattsburgh public relations students host Pockets of Play, behind Memorial Hall on the college campus.

The free activities are part of a wellness initiative with the Clinton County Health Department. 

“We’re happy that children and families will have this opportunity to play and to get acquainted with the trail. Active play is a great way for children to get exercise, strengthen bones, build muscle and develop a lifelong love of physical activity,” said Karen Derusha, supervising public health educator for the Clinton County Health Department.

Jessica Shea, a senior majoring in public relations who is part of the team planning the event, says that the class hopes the event will call special attention to the trail.

“The Saranac River Trail is a hidden gem. The trail itself is a great way to get around Plattsburgh — all while taking in the beautiful scenery. We have a great opportunity to bring attention to the trail and get community members moving while having fun.”

Students in the public relations campaigns class are developing and implementing the event in an effort to learn more about the public relations process. This is one of many experiential-learning opportunities provided by the college, which strives to offer students real-world experiences, according to Michelle Ouellette, assistant professor of public relations.

For more information, contact Ouellette at [email protected] or Shea at [email protected]

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