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Seaside Center Opens for Summer

High school students commonly spend their summers on vacation, at the Teen Center or hanging out with friends. But this summer, you may find a number of Greenwich teens volunteering at the Seaside Center.

Every summer the center provides educational opportunities involving Long Island Sound for children and parents. At least 50 high school volunteers throughout the summer assist Kerry Hand and John Curry, two naturalists at the center.

"Our volunteers are so reliable," said Hand. "They care about the center and enjoy what they're doing."

Activities change from day to day for visitors. Squid dissections are at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, visitors can go on nature walks along the beach Thursday at 4 p.m., and crafts activities are on Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

"I went to the Seaside Center when I was younger," said Westin Sibley, a junior at Greenwich High School. "I love being at the beach and helping kids."

Volunteers assist visitors in learning about the coastline along with activities throughout the day.

"Teaching kids and enjoying the beach are so fun," said May Hayashida, a junior from GHS.

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