Over 45 Hartford and East Hartford youths rallied for a day
of celebration last Friday, August 7, at Riverside Park.
The youngsters all participated in various Riverfront Recapture
Summer Youth Employment Program jobs this year as park rangers,
landscapers, builders of habitats and boat builders.
"These students have done remarkable work this summer while
learning about the Connecticut River's importance, history, and
wildlife. Programs offered by Riverfront Recapture are a vital
part of our revitalization efforts here in Hartford and throughout
the state," said Mayor Michael Peters.
"While working for Riverfront Recapture, the students are
able to take an active part in enhancing our communities while
creating a sense of welcome and hospitality," said East
Hartford Mayor Timothy Larson.
All the youths received certificates in recognition of a job
well done from Peters, Larson and People's Bank Chairman and
CEO David E.A. Carson.
Carson, an avid rower who works out mornings on Long Island Sound,
joined the youngsters in the first voyage of one of the two 18-foot
Chamberlain Gunning Dories they built this year. A christening
ceremony was held for the two boats (one named BOW TIE, in honor
of Carson's trademark neckwear, and the other POSSIBILITIES,
which is a play on People's Bank's slogan -"It's Possible.
At People's") just before the launching.
"We salute these young people who have worked to make a
difference this summer and enhance the value of the Connecticut
River. People's Bank is pleased to be part of the Riverfront
Recapture program," said Carson.
Other support for the Summer Youth Employment Program was provided
by the Ahearn Family Foundation, the J. Walton Bissell Foundation,
ConnectiCare Fund, the Dexter Corporation Foundation, the Carse
Robinson et al Foundation, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation,
the Fisher Foundation, Mayor Mike's Companies for Kids, The Old
State House and the Wiremold Foundation.