Smithtown student volunteers clean up Long Beach Park
ST. JAMES, NY – About 40 Smithtown Youth and Community Alliance student volunteers joined with members of the National Guard and Parks Department Drugs Task Force to clean up Long Beach Park in St. James September 25. Together, the volunteers tackled harmful waste left along the shore, according to the town of Smithtown.
Students collected trash and recorded evidence of drug, tobacco and alcohol-related waste to help identify areas where substance use occurs. Sgt. Carissa Siry and SSG Jessica Alese of the National Guard worked with the students.
The cleanup was done to help raise awareness in the community as part of the Smithtown Youth & Community Alliance’s efforts to keep the community safe and clean.
“This is an exceptional display of community service by our brightest future community leaders,” said supervisor Ed Wehrheim. “I would like to personally thank the National Guard team, Youth Office staff, Roseann Conforti, Youth Services Coordinator Janine Marc-Anthony, Kelly DeVito, Alexa Stern and Kristin Doran of Horizons Counseling & Education, Don Misuraca from our Parks Department, and most of all, the amazing kids who gave up a sunny Saturday to help make our shoreline safer for humans and wildlife. ”
The students collected three 30-gallon bags filled with alcohol, tobacco, vaping and drug-related items, and six 30-gallon bags filled with waste harmful to water and wildlife living in the area.
“We were fortunate to have great weather on the day of the event,” said Janine Marc-Anthony, Youth Services Coordinator for the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau. “It was actually a PERFECT day for a beach clean-up. The Alliance student volunteers were so enthusiastic and into the project. It was a very effective beach clean-up; an educational experience on substance use at that time. place and a wonderful opportunity for students to socialize and enjoy a nice morning together. “