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Woodbridge Youth Services April 2020

Woodbridge Youth Services April 2020

Youth Service Departments Held Mardi Gras Party for BOW Teens

The Youth Service Departments of Woodbridge and Orange, with support from the Town of Bethany, brought 8th graders from all three towns together to receive an introduction to Amity High School at the February 21 Mardi Gras Party.  The DJ played hit tunes for dancing and ran challenging games.  Along with a Best Hat Contest, students vied for raffle prizes like a drone and an action camera.  The Selfie Station was a big hit as teens took memorable photos with friends.

Special thanks go to the Woodbridge Police Union for sponsoring the drone, and to Dip-Top for the gift cards.  Thanks also to the parents and Quinnipiac and Amity student volunteers who so generously shared their time and talent to create such an awesome evening for our teens.

Local Schools Hold Food Drives for Local Food Pantry

Teachers MariBeth Mahon, Thomas Newman, Kathleen Habersang, and Woodbridge Youth Services Director Nancy Pfund
Teachers MariBeth Mahon, Thomas Newman, Kathleen Habersang, and Woodbridge Youth Services Director Nancy Pfund

Amity Middle School in Bethany held a food drive to benefit the Woodbridge Food Panty to provide assistance to local families in need.  The Student Council and its Advisor Kathleen Habersang, in conjunction with the Advisory classes rose to the occasion with a “Canstruction” challenge to build creative projects with the food they collected.  MariBeth Mahon’s class won for the “Most Items Collected.”  “Most Creative” projects were awarded to Helen Young’s Eighth Grade Advisory, and Thomas Newman’s Seventh Grade Advisory.  A total of 1300 items were generously donated by the school.

Beecher Road School again collected many food items in honor of its 100th Day Celebration.  Woodbridge Human Services is grateful for the many items received which will be used for those in need, especially as families face the Covid-19 crisis.  Woodbridge families in need should call 203-389-3429 for assistance.

Youth Programs Suspended Temporarily

Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, Youth Services has suspended all programming until further notice.  If Woodbridge residents have any concerns, please contact Human Services at 203-389-3429 and leave a message.

Ideas for Family Fun During Difficult Times

Parents and kids can make the best use of family time by allowing each person to choose a fun thing to do like cooking, baking, hiking, and fishing (Fishing season is open now).  Kids can learn new skills like gardening and growing their own food.  Teens can learn how to do laundry or create a budget and balance a checkbook.  Taking virtual tours of national parks or museums can be used to create travel plans for the future.  Keeping in touch with grandparents, distant relatives, neighbors, and friends is so important at this time.

Of course, we can support local businesses by trying takeout from a new place each week.  A journal of daily activities, headlines, and feelings allows thoughts to be expressed and viewed as interesting family history at a later date.  Finding a positive twist to these days builds resilience and healthy family relationships.

Red Cross Babysitter Training

American Red Cross Training is postponed.  Please check the Town of Woodbridge website for updates.

Woodbridge First Selectman’s Youth Award Nomination Deadline Extended

Woodbridge Youth Services, in collaboration with First Selectman Beth Heller, is accepting nominations for the First Selectman’s Youth Award.  Call 203-389-3429 for more information or find the nomination form on the Town’s website at https://www.woodbridgect.org/160/Youth-Services.  Please submit nominations to Woodbridge Youth Services at 11 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge, CT 06525, by April 30, 2020.

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