The kids are alright

Front row, Ryan Curran, left, and Addy Tompkins; back row, Councilwoman Leeanne Thornton, Councilman Bruce Leighton, Supervisor Kelly Myers, Deputy Supervisor Jimmy Bruno and Councilman Fred Costello. (David Gordon)

Front row, Ryan Curran, left, and Addy Tompkins; back row, Councilwoman Leeanne Thornton, Councilman Bruce Leighton, Supervisor Kelly Myers, Deputy Supervisor Jimmy Bruno and Councilman Fred Costello. (David Gordon)

The sarcastic phrase, “good news is no news” doesn’t take into account the Saugerties Youth Awards, which highlight the good deeds done by area students.

Two students were honored at the Town Board meeting on March 20.

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Ryan Curran, 8, is a second-grade student at Morse Elementary School. He was nominated by Cathy Averill. For his eighth birthday, Ryan asked his family and friends to donate money to the SPCA of Ulster County. “Ryan is a boy who thinks of others, especially of animals, in need,” according to Averill’s statement.

“I’ve known Ryan since before he was born,” said Supervisor Kelly Myers, explaining that she and his mother were both having children at the time. “I’m really glad that you’re getting this award tonight,” she told Curran.

Addy Tompkins, 12, was nominated by Boys and Girls Club director Roland Carito, who states that “Addy was nominated for this award for her volunteerism and leadership at the Boys and Girls Club.” The sixth-grade student at Cahill Elementary School “could always be described as an enthusiastic and committed young woman,” according to the nomination. However, “this recognition is based on her willingness to co-create a full-day arts program for elementary students during a recent no-school day. The elementary school members were completely engrossed and very proud of their creations. Addy was focused on their enjoyment and education through the project.”

“So you really stepped up,” Myers told Tompkins. “Thank you and congratulations.”

The program is sponsored by the Town and Village of Saugerties, the Saugerties Central School District, the Saugerties Boys and Girls Club, and Family of Woodstock. It was developed by Saugerties is About Growth Experiences.

Nominations come from these groups, as well as from community organizations and groups, and the sponsors state that they are always seeking nominations from the community. Information and nomination forms can be found at the town and village offices.

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