As Youth Services Coordinator for the Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department, I am thankful for and proud of the Town Youth Council. The Town Youth Council is a community-service organization comprising 40 high school students . It is my 16th year of overseeing the council, and its members continue to amaze me with their sense of commitment and dedication to the many events parks and recreation sponsors.

Over the years, the council has volunteered countless hours for our Thanksgiving Food Drive, the Town's Tree Lighting, the Holiday Breakfast, our Family Fun Dances and most recently, the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

It was at the egg hunt where I was reminded of how special my friendship is with the youth council members as I re-visited with a few past members who once volunteered for this event, and are now participating with their own children. They too had fond memories of serving as a TYC member.

On behalf of the department and the thousands of Fairfield families that have participated in the events these high school students volunteer for, I thank you Town Youth Council. I am impressed with your ability to budget your time and prioritize your obligation to community service, academics, sports, theatre, music, the list goes on and on for these amazing high school students. Thank you to all the past and present TYC members, it is and has been a pleasure working with you! I look forward to our future collaborations.

High School students interested in serving on the Town Youth Council can obtain applications in August and September on our website, www.fairfieldrecreation.com. Interviews are in late September.

Ginna Paules

Fairfield Parks and Recreation

Department