To the Editor:
I write with appreciation for the widespread community support for programming for young people in the Amity region.
Woodbridge Youth Services and the Town of Bethany sponsor the “Bethwood Bash” for seventh and eighth grade residents seven times each year. This ‘Positive Youth Development’ program is geared toward ‘face-to-face’ socialization, confidence building, and connecting with community. These events usually feature music, entertainment, games, refreshments and raffle prizes. Additional programs and fundraisers include staff/student volleyball and kickball tournaments.
Each August, new seventh graders are invited for an outdoor picnic with an inflatable slide or obstacle course. This event brings together incoming 7th graders from Bethany and Woodbridge giving them a chance to get acquainted before the start of the school year. Each year events are held at the Center Building in Woodbridge, Bethany Town Hall or the Middle School in Bethany. This past year we held the “Amity’s Got Talent” event at the Amity Teen Center!
We are proud to offer these fun events in a safe environment that is well-supervised by a staff of 6, a police officer, and parent volunteers.
Due to a limited budget, the program relies on support from local businesses and parents for assistance. It is heartwarming to have such generous support from local merchants and neighbors.
We are grateful to these local merchants for donations throughout the year: Burnt Bakery, The JCC of Greater New Haven, The Country Club of Woodbridge, The Amity Teen Center, Wood-n-Tap Restaurant, Amity Music, Entenmann’s Bakery, Antonio’s Restaurant, Carmine’s Tuscan Grill, On The Border Mexican Grill, Wheelers Market-Café and Restaurant, Woodbridge Social, Amity Bowl, Subway Restaurant, Taylor Rental, D’Aniellos Amity Bike shop, Stop and Shop and Kate’s Hot Air.
Special thanks to our volunteers and parent donors: Pennell Hamilton, Nora Slanski, Johanne Holt, Lisa Connor, The Grotheer Family, Mary Lee Barker, Susan Davidson, and the Human Services Commission, Suzanne Bonk, The Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Association, the custodians in Woodbridge and Amity Middle School Bethany campus as well as all the rest of our fabulous parent and high school student volunteers who donate their time. And finally, we’d like to thank Dr. Richard Dellinger, principal of Amity Middle School- Bethany campus, Vice Principal Thayer Doyle and Social Studies teacher Ms. Marissa Nall for their all-year support.
Woodbridge Youth Services