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Greenwich Celebrates 30 Years Of Community Service Work By Students

The Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center will host the Community Service Awards.
The Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center will host the Community Service Awards. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Greenwich community is invited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Greenwich Public Schools' Community Service Awards and the 2016 award recipients on March 22 at the new Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center.

The Community Service Awards will honor students throughout the school system who have undertaken projects to improve the quality of life for those less fortunate.

Elementary school students support such service organizations as UNICEF, Neighbor to Neighbor and Kids in Crisis. The elementary, middle and high schools also participate in the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism Day to combat intolerance and to celebrate diversity in our Greenwich community.

Middle and high school students support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Make a Wish Connecticut, the Stamford Soup Kitchen, Abilis, Red Cross Safe Rides, the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Cancer Research, Nathaniel Witherell and countless others.

The Greenwich Public Schools Community Service Awards program was established in 1986 by Ernest Fleishman, superintendent of the Greenwich Public Schools from 1976 to 1989.

The impact of service to the students is powerful, the school system said in a statement. Comments from some of the 2015 award recipients include:

  • “Community service connects us to people and gives meaning to our lives.”
  • “It provides us with different perspectives on life and how we want others [and ourselves] to live.”
  • “It enables us to focus on what really matters.”

Research on the impact of community service reinforces the students’ views:

  • it helps students to overcome boredom and lack of motivation;
  • it transforms theoretical knowledge to actual practice;
  • it leads to greater involvement in public affairs, including voting; and
  • it provides a more positive lifestyle by helping students understand that they can make a difference.

Hundreds of Greenwich students participate in community service programs each year, which translates into thousands over the past 30 years, the school system said.

The awards ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.

Greenwich High School is located at 10 Hillside Road.

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