Local students invest in their community

Selfless acts of kindness at its finest; a group of students from Dunkirk High School volunteered their time in a Beach Cleanup event on Oct. 29 for no other reason than to support the community they live in.

The very idea originated by students who participate in the Career Exploration program run by Kate Piazza, E-Net Coordinator for the Workforce Investment Board at Chautauqua Works.

“The group meets every Tuesday, focusing on community service, career exploration, and entrepreneurship. I was extremely impressed when they came up with the idea of a Beach Sweep when asked how they could take more pride in their community,” Piazza said.

The students collected 12 full bags of trash in one section of the beaches near Wright Park that afternoon.

“Strangers would walk by and compliment us on what we were doing. It was nice to be recognized like that,” said one student. “It’s amazing how students will rise to the occasion if given the opportunity to do so. The group’s mission has become motivating and contagious. Working with these kids gives me something to look forward to; they instill notions of optimism for our future workforce.”

Throughout the remainder of the school year, students will be able to aid in planning a Career Fair, Guest Speaker events, as well as additional community service opportunities.