Ferndale Youth Assistance Awards Show Community Helping Children • Oakland County Times


Ferndale Youth Assistance Awards show community helping children

Ferndale Youth Aid The awards show a community that helps children

(Alissa Malerman, March 26, 2017)

FERNDALE – The Ferndale Youth Aid Program greeted students, teachers, elected officials and court officers as they pulled up chairs in the University High School’s busy cafeteria to honor the contributions of young volunteers from the community at the Jack and Annette Aronson Youth Recognition Awards Ceremony Thursday (March 23) night.

“Tonight is all about young people,” said former Ferndale Mayor and current FYA Treasurer Craig Covey, who was the emcee for the event. “I will introduce you to a few elected officials and a lot of important people. But really, tonight isn’t about them. These are young people. »

Among the list of schools and elected officials present were Royal Oak Township Trustee Karen Ballard, Pleasant Ridge Mayor Kurt Metzger, County Commissioner Helaine Zach, Ferndale High School Principal Roger Smith, Principal of Ferndale Middle School Jason Gillespie and Superintendent of Ferndale Schools Blake Prewitt.

“I want you to watch and see the police, the teachers, the school officials, the volunteers, your parents, your uncle, your aunt,” Covey said. “The adults are here tonight because of you.”

An adult who was there in support was the army sergeant. Robert Robinson, who came to the ceremony especially to see Angelo Soave receive an award. sergeant. Robinson said he has been working with Angelo for a few months and Angelo has expressed an interest in joining the military when he graduates from Ferndale High School in the coming months.

Angelo was recognized after FHS social studies professor Bob Henderson named him, writing in a letter that “he has a wonderfully positive mental attitude that will serve him well in life.”

Young people take the stage

FYA President Alyssa Atkinson spoke about the importance of volunteerism and invited young people to get involved in the program, reiterating Covey’s call to honor the young people in attendance. “It’s all about the youth,” she said before starting to present the certificates to the winners.

More than 40 people, along with eight groups, won the Youth Aid Awards on Thursday, for their many volunteer or good Samaritan acts, including volunteering at the Ferndale Police Department’s Bike Rodeo, the helping raise funds for the charity, helping the homeless, getting involved in efforts to clean up Detroit, helping seniors cross busy Nine Mile Road, working with local peer-to-peer programs or simply by being compassionate and kind examples in the community.

Ferndale High School student Skye Hart won this year’s David Michael Smith Scholarship for her service and perseverance. The fund was founded in memory of David, who was a student at Ferndale High School when he was hit by a train and killed in 2006. His parents, Dianna and Lloyd Smith, started the scholarship to benefit Ferndale Youth Assistance . the Youth Aid is now raising funds in David’s honor and was able to present Skye with a check for $1,000.

Skye was nominated for the scholarship by FHS teacher Paula Cardelli, among others.

“He is a person who faces challenges head-on,” Cardelli said in a letter. The letter explained that Skye had hearing loss in both ears which required the use of hearing aids and an adaptive stethoscope in class and at work as a nursing assistant at Beaumont Hospital.

“Skye is comfortable explaining her disability and asking for any support she may need,” Cardelli said in the letter, praising Skye’s 3.8 GPA, her love for science and math, and her participation. in many extracurricular activities.

“Hardworking, caring, compassionate, trustworthy, loyal and organized are terms Skye uses modestly to describe themselves. And I completely agree. She will be an asset to her school, her work and her community.

Skye thanked her parents and Cardelli for the support, and was deeply moved by the “emotional letter” that was read by Covey at the ceremony. Skye said Cardelli was there to support her through all four years of high school.

“In ninth grade, I was scared. I didn’t want anyone to know about my disability,” she said. story to people and help others tell their story.So thank you for this opportunity and scholarship.

Hart was also nominated for a service award by Ferndale Police Constable Janessa Danielson.

“Skye has been an absolutely fantastic and dedicated volunteer for Ferndale Youth Assistance,” Danielson wrote in her nomination letter. “She was instrumental in planning many of our events and worked hard at every event she could.”

The young people were not only there to receive awards. Lady Legatos, a singing group made up of students from Ferndale Public School, sang an acapella rendition of OneRepublic’s “I Lived,” followed by a performance of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.” Presley. Other entertainment included a musical performance by George and Kita Van Der Vennet.

More Community Winners

Officers Danielson and Smith won special awards for community service. Each received a certificate and presented an American flag from Rep. Sandy Levin, who were previously flown from the United States Capitol. Covey read statements written by FYA office manager Melinda Hicks at the awards and flags presentation.

“Roger Smith has been a constant within Ferndale Schools for most of his life. Not only did he attend Ferndale Schools and graduate from the FHS, but he was also our long-time Group Manager. He has held many positions, most recently as Principal of Ferndale High School,” he read. “We would like to thank Roger for serving on the board of Ferndale Youth Assistance and for always been so open to our ideas and cooperative with our events and workshops.”

Covey praised Constable Danielson for her service as the Ferndale School Resource Officer, Co-Chair of our Youth Involvement Committee, her involvement in the Southeast Oakland Coalition and work on programs such as the Teen Safe Driving event, among others.

“One of our favorite things about Officer Danielson is that she has incredible instincts when working with the students,” Covey read. “She inherently knows which students need her nurturing mom side and which students need her police side. She gets along so well with our children and they all love and respect her.

Mary Schusterbauer, Oakland County Youth Welfare Manager, spoke briefly, saying, “I’m honored to be here tonight. She thanked the many volunteers who she says donate between 45,000 and 50,000 hours of time each year to “strengthen families.”

“You strengthen your neighborhood and also our county,” she beamed, ending with a quote from James Agee (“Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”):

“In every child born, regardless of circumstance, and from any parent, the potential of the human race is reborn.”

Ferndale Lower Elementary School Green Team, Ferndale Lower Elementary Service Team, Ferndale Lower Elementary Junior Coaches, Ferndale Upper Elementary Junior Coaches, Fourth Grade Pokemon Fundraising Group, Third Class Ms. Trolinger’s year, Positively Awesome Leaders (PAL) and the Youth Coalition of Southeast Oakland Group were recognized at the event.

Brooklyn Austin, Antonio Alexander, Ebony Alexander, Elizabeth Bringman, Ruth Brisson, Kaleb Brown, Peyton Carney, Asyia Cohran, Jemone Cochran II, Mario Combs, Tristan Curry, Kameron Davenport, Kobe Falls, Tamia Hardeman, Taniah Hopkins, Quran Hymes, Sidnie Jackson, Avery Jewett, Nicholas LaCroix, Luke Kelly, Khalilah Lane, John Lemelin, Maria Lopez-Romero, Zyren Mackey, Delvon Martin-Guyton, Ronnell McGhee Jr., Haley Newton, Meagan Parham, Danah Pearson, John Rojas, Elliott Sears, Olivia Shock, Isaiah Shoot, Ethan Simpson, Joshua Smith, Elijah Toney, Derion Walker Jr ., Joseph Welbeck-White, Drake Wilson-Carney and Wheeler Winslow were recognized along with Soave and Hart for their individual service at the ceremony.

Youth outreach programs are community-based and developed by volunteers who live and/or work in surrounding communities. The Circuit Court provides professional staff to work with volunteers and provide direct case processing services. Ferndale Youth Assistance operates under the sponsorship and financial support of the Ferndale School District, the Town of Ferndale, the Town of Pleasant Ridge, the Charter Township of Royal Oak and the Family Division of the County Circuit Court. ‘Oaklands. To visit ferndaleya.org for more information.


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