New CH Youth Advisory Commission members appointed; plan December toy drive

Front Row: James Moore, Recreation Advisory Board; Councilman Jason Stein; Quintero Mack, Cleveland Heights Police; Faith Gordon, Heights High Social Worker; and Steve Walker, Open Doors Academy. Dee Marsky, Recreation Supervisor, is in the first standing row, second from left. Middle Row: Mary Grace Krapf, Dee Marsky, Alice Janigro, Silvia Iammarino, Emily Vinson, Joey Houser. Last Row: Payton Meeks, Jaylen Harris, Sydney Cook, Shani Gelles, Garth Bennett. (Not pictured: Cameron Cole, Ashley Davis, Olivia Dottore, Christopher Gideon, Una Hanley, Amanda Murray, and seniors Laurel Brown, Tre’ Grady, Alexandria Keller, Ellen Posch, Kayla Primes and Joshselyn Smith.)

The City of Cleveland Heights announced on Nov. 26 that the Youth Advisory Commission for the 2013–14 school year has been appointed. High school students who are Cleveland Heights residents were selected from public, private and parochial schools.

The commission’s first project of the year is a Toy Drive to benefit children in the community. Donations ranging from basic necessities to educational toys for boys ages 5–7 and girls ages 8–11 (no wrapping required) will be accepted at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1 Monticello Boulevard through Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The commission, which was created by Cleveland Heights City Council in January 2013, works to promote understanding and awareness of government among youth, encourage participation in government by youth, provide advice to council on issues affecting youth, promote communication between young people and adults within the community and work on projects that better the community.

In addition to the 15 appointed members, nonvoting members include seniors who would like to continue with the commission. Adult advisors include Council Member Jason Stein and representatives from the Recreation Advisory Board, the Cleveland Heights Police Department and Heights High.

The 15 appointed members are: Cameron Cole, Sydney Cook, Ashley Davis, Olivia Dotorre, Shani Gelles, Christopher Gideon, Una Hanley, Jaylen Harris, Joey Hauser, Silvia Immarino, Alice Janigro, Mary Grace Krapf, Payton Meeks, Amanda Murray and Emily Vinson. Returning seniors are: Garth Bennett, Laurel Brown, Tre Grady, Alexandria Keller, Ellen Posch, Kayla Primes and Joshselyn Smith.

Noreen Fox

Noreen Fox is the public relations coordinator for the City of Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 10:54 AM, 12.03.2013