College Marks Veterans Day with Donation Drive, Events

SARANAC LAKE – North Country Community College is asking its communities to contribute to a Care Package Donation Drive to support active-duty members of the military – one of several activities and initiatives taking place across the college’s campuses in recognition of Veterans Day.

From now through Nov. 18, the college is accepting items for care packages that will be sent to active-duty military personnel from the North Country who are currently deployed in the Gulf of Bahrain. Items can be dropped off at any of the college’s three campus locations:

  • Saranac Lake: Hodson Hall Room 125 and the Learning Assistance Center in McCormick Hall.
  • Malone: Campus Bookstore and Ballard Mill 106
  • Ticonderoga: Reception Area

Items requested for the Donation Drive include magazines and pocket-sized mini games, powdered additives for water, toiletries, odor eliminator products for footwear, beef jerky and canned meats, protein bars, hard candies, instant coffee, tea, powdered creamer, Darn Tough socks, and holiday or patriotic decorations.

Letter Writing Campaign

As part of the Donation Drive, the college’s Student Life Office is collecting handwritten letters that will be included in the care packages, thanking these service personnel. Letters can be dropped off with donated items. The college will also have writing tables set up in Saranac Lake on Nov. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Connector, and on Nov. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Mills Student Lounge.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

On Wednesday, the college’s Ticonderoga campus hosted a Flag Retirement Ceremony and Veterans Appreciation event. Local veterans, students, faculty and staff participated in a ceremony in which the campus flag was retired and replaced. The event was followed by a reception in the campus building.

New Veteran Scholarship

This week, the North Country Community College Foundation announced the launch of a new Veteran Student Scholarship. This scholarship is available to a student who is a veteran of the U.S. military, has maintained at least a 2.5 GPA, and demonstrates a financial need. The award will be $1,000 for a full-time student or $500 for a part-time student and can only cover non-tuition expenses. The application window will open in the spring at The Foundation is accepting donations to support this and other scholarships at   

The college community extends its gratitude to all those who have served or are currently serving our nation.