Wednesday, June 24, 2009

cny1 orig ciivic kids staten island - 2007 A group of North Shore students are working together to help the community. Forming a group called "Civic Kids" they are some of Staten Island's littlest leaders, making a big impact. NY1's Kathy Young filed the following report.

A group of North Shore students are working together to help the community. Forming a group called "Civic Kids" they are some of Staten Island's littlest leaders, making a big impact. NY1's Kathy Young filed the following report.

With students representing nine middle schools attending, Councilman Mike McMahon held the year's first "Civic Kids" meeting. The purpose was for each student group to present a project they're taking on that will help the North Shore community.

"We work together with the student councils in the middle schools — and we're happy that this year we have all the middle schools in the district for the first time — to help formulate a project, work it through the year, and at the end of the year we have a rewards program where they get rewarded," said McMahon.

All of the groups will share a $25,000 prize to use towards their projects. Each group came up with its own idea on how to help out.

"We are going to draw murals on delis to help their advertisement and help beautify our neighborhood," said student Devin Salmon.

"Our project is to refinish the school yard," said student Shawn Reilly.

"Our main focus is the Wounded Warriors project with veterans of the Korean War, Vietnam and WWII. We're doing an oral history project to keep their stories alive of the veterans," said student Peter Kennedy.

Along with their separate projects, the Civic Kids will also be doing something all together. This year they will plant flowers around the North Shore.

Civic Kids organizers say these individual and team projects will teach leadership and teamwork.

"Hopefully through this Civic Kids Project we are building future leaders of Staten Island and the United States," said Staten Island Mental Health Society president Kenneth Popler.

"We're all about making a difference, being heard and being our own people," said student Cletus Emokpae.

— Kathy Young

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