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Youths Volunteer to Help Pleasantville Community

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – A large group of teenagers from the Village of Pleasantville have volunteered their time and effort to improve the lives of others.

Students from the Holy Innocents Religious Education Program, Holy Innocents Youth Group, J-Teen Leadership, Pleasantville Girl Scouts, Pleasantville High School ECHO, Appalachia Service Project, Pleasantville Fire Department, Student Visions of Pleasantville and the Village of Pleasantville Senior Center Programs & Services were honored for their work earlier this week.

The students became active members of the community by performing tasks such as beautification work, tutoring and coordinating fundraisers and were recognized by the Pleasantville Board of Trustees at the village’s annual Youth Recognition Ceremony. The nearly 100 teens were given a certificate of honor and a Pleasantville backpack for their work.

Mayor Peter Scherer said it was a good to honor those who do well for the village.

“It’s always an honor to recognize the youths in our community and it seems like the number of youths gets larger every year,” Scherer said.  “So much of the things that we deal with in the board are negative and this is one thing that is always a great thing to do,”

The largest group honored was the Pleasantville Holy Innocents Youth Group, boasting 46 volunteer members. Thomas Conaty, the Youth Group moderator, spoke nothing but praise about the members.

“This is an extraordinary group of young individuals that are helping people across borders,” Conaty said.

Members of the Pleasantville Holy Innocents Youth Group make regular runs to New York City on weekends to deliver food and clothing to those who are in need. They also frequently visit members of the Mount Pleasant Cottage School to offer support and guidance.

Some other notable work done by the Pleasantville volunteers included a group in the Appalachia Service Project that traveled to Virginia to rebuild homes for low-income families and one young man, Steven Belmont, who serves as a captain of the junior corps in the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department.

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