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Youth Services 6/26/20

Youth Services 6/26/20

Chalk Art Challenge for Woodbridge & Bethany Families

Let’s fill our towns with beauty and color!  Make a chalk picture on your driveways or sidewalks to celebrate spring, thank our essential workers, or depict your feelings of happiness or frustration.

Forward a photo of your chalk art to Youth Services for a chance to win gift cards to our local businesses.  Use your favorite chalk colors and inspiration to share your artistic talent or your pavement poetry.  Email photos by June 28th to nfpund@woodbridgect.org, and include the Family Name(s), address, and phone # to be reached.  Photos and family names may be shared with the community.  No addresses will be published.  Call 203-389-3429 for more information.

Thanks to a generous donation from Bailey, Moore, Glazer, Schaefer, and Proto, LLP we can provide gift cards to support local businesses.  Donations of gift cards and financial support for this and other programs to benefit youth are appreciated.  See the Town of Woodbridge website for more details.

Job Bank

Residents who wish to hire teens for outdoor work (with social distancing), and responsible teens who wish to join the Job Bank should call 203-389-3429 for more information.

Programs

With concerns over racism and the need for diversity and acceptance, COVID-19 and social distancing, our teens need time to express their frustration.  Please consider writing your thoughts for discussion or to share in a socially distant or virtual group.

Woodbridge Youth Services provided free virtual classes in Yoga and in Mindfulness in May, and advises families to check out the Town of Woodbridge website and Facebook to learn about future programs.  Contact Youth Services at 203-389-3429 or email npfund@woodbridgect.org with questions or suggestions.

Amity Middle School Food DonationsAmity Middle School Food Donations

Amity Middle School recent graduate, David Edwards (on left) and PTSO President Kris Edwards present food to Woodbridge Youth Services Director Nancy Pfund (on right)

The Amity Middle School – Bethany families generously donated cash, food, and needed supplies through the recent PTSO food collection and fundraiser.  Woodbridge Human Services gratefully accepted these donations for our local families in need.  The community has made an impressive effort to ensure the needs of families are met through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alexander (AJ) Pocwierz-Woodbridge First Selectman’s Youth Award Winner – 2020

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Alexander (AJ) Pocwierz

Woodbridge First Selectman Beth Heller, along with Woodbridge Youth Services, announces the 2020 winner of the First Selectman’s Youth Award as Alexander (A.J.) Pocwierz.  A.J., son of Ted and Stacey Pocwierz comes from a caring family of people who share a commitment to the Town of Woodbridge through volunteerism.

Nominations for the award came from LT Anthony Berardesca from the Fire Department and by Karen Waterman, Amity Regional High School Counselor, and in a previous year, from Fire Chief Sean Rowland.  Obviously, A.J. is a standout who is not only a hard worker, but is also known for his pleasant and willing personality.

Alexander has volunteered countless hours for the Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Department through selfless dedication as a Junior firefighter.  He has been a willing participant through major storms in the emergency operations center, and has proven his value as a crucial member of the family of devoted firefighters.

Ms. Waterman recognized A.J. as a young man willing to be different who built an “amazing high school career”.  A.J. impressed his counselor with his individuality and commitment to his community.

Nominations cited his Eagle Scout project which took much planning, organization, and community outreach.  It involved replacing several wooden footbridges in town parks offering ongoing assistance and safety for nature seekers.

Alexander has also made time to dedicate to the medical team for the Special Olympics ensuring the safety of athletes.  A.J. will receive a plaque from the Town of Woodbridge and a check for $200 provided by Peoples United Bank to acknowledge his many efforts in our town.  A.J., a recent Amity Regional High School graduate, plans to attend West Virginia University in the fall.

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