The Bloomingdale Municipal Building overflowed with parents and children during Tuesday night's council meeting as 33 graduating eighth graders from the Walter T. Bergen Middle School were recognized for participating in the Kids Who Care program.
To be honored, the students completed at least 22 hours of community service starting in September. The community service involved assisting at public events, school functions and other happenings around town.
“It’s so important at any age, especially your age, to start getting involved in the community,” Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy said. “Which is exactly what you’ve done.”
Before presenting each student with a certificate and borough pin, Dunleavy thanked the parents who were present.
He also urged all students to stay involved in the community as they graduate and start high school, mentioning that Bloomingdale Recreation Director Gail Galbraith is always looking for camp counselors.
Kids Who Care, which is run through the recreation department, is a community outreach program for students in the borough.