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County Dedicates Pavilion at Park and Thank Youth Who Built It

(Clayton) –  Twenty-three students in Gloucester County didn’t exactly take a ‘summer break’ this year, instead they participated in the Workforce Investment Act Summer Youth Initiative and learned many important jobs skills that ranged from showing up to work promptly and prepared to general construction.  In the end, the students built a 20’ x 32’ pavilion at the County’s Scotland Run Park in Clayton.

Today, the students who were recruited from the building trades’ classes at GCIT because of their carpentry and building skills were thanked for their efforts by Park Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney, Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi, Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco, GCIT Superintendent Fred Keating and Workforce Investment Board Director Andrew DiNardo.

“The County is very proud of the students who built this pavilion, they did a tremendous job,” said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.  “The skills went into building this pavilion are skills that these students will have for life and they should feel extremely pleased about the job they did and the benefit they contributed to the community,” Sweeney said.

The Gloucester County Summer Youth initiative is a comprehensive program for youth. 

Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi, Liaison to both the Department of Economic Development and Department of Education, said, “The students who participated in this program learned how to build the pavilion, and they learned other life skills like the reward of showing up to work everyday, being on time and prepared, how to work as a part of a team and the satisfaction of completing a project.” 

Freeholder Brigandi noted that the summer program is a joint project between the Workforce Investment Board (WIB), the county Parks Department, and the Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT).

“Many families will get a lot of enjoyment out of this pavilion and I am grateful for the students who participated and built it,” said Freeholder Frank DiMarco, liaison to the Department of Parks.  “Scotland Run Park is our largest county park at 940 acres and we offer fishing, boating, and nature observation year-round – this pavilion is an added benefit for our residents,” DiMarco stated.

State grants fund the Workforce Investment Board Youth Council and this project.