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Posted on: May 15, 2014

[ARCHIVED] West Babylon Students “Speak” About Autism by Selling Handmade Items

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Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer recently joined with Councilman Tom Donnelly and Receiver of Taxes Corinne DiSomma to recognize students from the West Babylon Junior High School for selling items that they created to support Autism Speaks – a national organization that advocates for autism research and raising public awareness of the issue. Students from the West Babylon Junior High School Community Service Club raised $350 by selling handmade bracelets, key chains and stuffed footballs during their lunch period. The Town officials, joined by State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, thanked the students for their community service and honored them with official certificates.

The students’ fundraising was done as part of Global Youth Service Day, which is a worldwide celebration of community service and civic engagement. In honor of Global Youth Service Day, the Town of Babylon’s Beautification Program works with over twenty organizations and thousands of youth volunteers to work on community service projects throughout the Town. Past projects have included helping non-profit organizations through food drives and monetary donations, collecting food for the needy, visiting local senior citizens centers, making holiday baskets for hospitalized children, conducting community clean-up efforts and assisting local veterans groups in need. For more information of the Town of Babylon’s Beautification Program, please call (631) 587-3752 ext. 6012.

Pictured with students from the West Babylon Junior High School officials and students from the Community Service Club are Assemblyman Saladino (left), Councilman Donnelly (back left), Receiver of Taxes Corinne DiSomma (second from right), Supervisor Schaffer (right) and Town of Babylon Beautification Program Director Florence Findley (bottom right).

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