BY ROSEANN SCHUYLER
In 2014, Croton United was formed by a group of volunteer residents who came together to work to improve our community. Community service is one of our core values and the people associated with Croton United are, not coincidentally, also long-time volunteers of other service organizations, such as the Croton Rotary, AYSO, CYO, the Croton Community Coalition and the Croton Caring Committee. We believe that volunteering in your community is an essential part of a healthy democratic society. Each and every time you volunteer you are, in essence, casting a vote in favor of the society in which you want to live.
Now that schools have reopened, I’m reminded of my years working as a high school social studies teacher. One of the things I learned as a teacher is that the best, most effective and most engaging educational opportunities are those that allow students to learn through experience.
If elected, I would work with the village and the school district to establish an internship program to allow Croton students to work with our village boards and committees. Students win with expanded opportunities for community service; the village wins with added volunteers to assist our boards and committees, and the community wins with increased citizen engagement.
I agree with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that those engaged in community service “will get satisfaction out of doing something to give back to the community that you never get in any other way.”
I hope to have your support in November.