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Students from Schalmont, Shaker, other schools create platform for youth expression amid COVID-19

By Zachary Matson

“Let’s be honest. This sucks,” wrote Raven Stein.

That’s how her recent post to a new website where Capital Region youth can express how the COVID-19 pandemic has upended their lives began.

While she offered counsel on how to deal with these challenging times, others share art, poetry and informative article on, a website established by student activists at Shaker, Schalmont and other schools around the region.

Stein, outlined a daily routine to exercise, eat healthy, take care of one’s mind and body and care for loved ones. But she also urges the reader to not be too hard on themselves. After all, let’s be honest, these are difficult days.

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