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Camp Counselors Give Back With $120 Playground Donation

On the last day of the Parks and Rec Department’s summer camp, the camp counselors presented Director Jenifer Miller with a $120 donation towards the new playground which will be built at Hollow Park. From left to right: Natalie Shreve, Luke Molinaro, John Hughes, Emily Boushie, Emily Siwik, Elizabeth Varnum, Miller (holding check) Lara Hawley, Cindy Tilbe (Camp Director), Megan Stone, and Jessica Fengler. Missing from the photo: Maureen McCurdy, Sarah Schivera, Olivia Morgan, Phil Michener, Trevor Hecht, and Courtney Ewing.

Woodbury Parks and Recreation Director Jenifer Miller was in for quite a surprise from on Friday.

On the last day of the Parks and Rec Department’s summer camp, the camp counselors presented Miller with a $120 donation towards the new playground which will be built at Hollow Park.

“I was so touched by their kindness and thoughtfulness,” Miller said. “It is heartwarming to see the next generation giving back to their community knowing that it will benefit the campers they have watched over during camp.”

Through a fundraising campaign which began back in October, the Parks & Recreation Department raised $42,402.75 to close the gap between the $150,000 set aside by the Town of Woodbury in 2015 and the $230,000 needed for the project.

First Selectman Bill Butterly said the amount raised by Parks & Rec should be a “sign from the people that the playground is supported,” according to the minutes from the July 19 Board of Selectman meeting, in which the board voted to close the shortfall of about $31,000 with funding from the State via the Office of Policy Management’s Local Capital Improvement Program (LoCIP).

The camp counselors are high school and college-age students who gave of their own hard earned money to make this donation to a community project, Miller said.

“They are an awesome group of counselors, and they did a fantastic job creating a safe and fun environment for the campers for 5 weeks of camp,” said Miller. “Their energy and enthusiasm was terrific. The town was lucky to have such a dedicated group in its employ.”

The 2017 camp counselors were:  Emily Boushie, Courtney Ewing, Jessica Fengler, Lara Hawley, Trevor Hecht, John Hughes, Maureen McCurdy, Phil Michener, Luke Molinaro, Olivia Morgan, Sarah Schivera, Natalie Shreve, Emily Siwik, Megan Stone, and Elizabeth Varnum.

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