Area November 18, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES IV • Page 9 Five local teens, including Amy Beck of Wyckoff, Adrianna Calleo of Ramsey, Emily Goddard of Allendale, Justin Peligri of Franklin Lakes, and Anna Lee Rice of Mahwah, will be among the students honored at the Tenth Annual Creative Living Counseling Center Humanity Awards. These awards recognize teens who have made significant contributions to their communities through actions demonstrating the qualities of caring, compassion, justice, and non-violence leading to community building. Working with Saint Alban’s youth group, “The God Squad,” Beck has taken mission trips to West Virginia, rural Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Closer to home, she has volunteered at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, and fed the homeless at Saint Paul’s in Paterson. She serves on the Vestry of Saint Alban’s, where she is an acolyte. Recently, Beck took on the role of student ambassador with the People to People program, helping to promote world peace through increased understanding among citizens of the world. In October of her sophomore year, Calleo and three friends opened their eyes to the devastation that had occurred halfway across the world in Sierra Leone and banded together to form “Outside the Box,” a youth-inaction group that supports Free the Children. Their mission is to free children from poverty, exploitation, and the idea that we are powerless to change the world. To this end, Outside the Box chose to contribute to the Adopt a Village Project in Sierra Leone. The organization has reached its initial goal of $8,500, which is the cost of building a one-classroom school. This school, built in Suduku, Sierra Leone, provides a classroom for approximately 50 students. They are also involved in the Clean Water Campaign, to help provide clean water systems that will prevent waterborne diseases. Goddard attempts to incorporate “peace, beauty, free- Local teens to receive 2009 Humanity Awards At left: Adrianna Calleo of Ramsey promotes the Clean Water Campaign for Free the Children. At right: Anna Lee Rice with one of her students. dom, love, unity, and respect” into her life. She is always working to make contributions to the community. Her work has included donating her hair to “Locks of Love,” helping with the Christmas pageant at Archer UMC, and serving as an emergency medical technician with the Allendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Goddard recently received CUMAC’s Banfield-Coxe Volunteer Award for raising food and awareness for CUMAC by requesting food donations in lieu of gifts at her Sweet Sixteen party, and by organizing a benefit concert for CUMAC at 96 West, a local coffee house. Peligri believes that people who are blessed with gifts from God are obligated to share those gifts with others. As a member of the Franklin Lakes United Methodist Church Youth Group, he has volunteered at CUMAC, The Christian Health Care Center, and The Center for Food Action. He has collected money outside of grocery stores in support of these charities. At school, he is a member of Interact and has participated in Hammer for Habitat and Buddy (continued on page 17) specializing in Solution Focused Brief Therapy • • THE CENTER FOR COUPLES AND FAMILY SOLUTIONS couples & marriage issues family transitions & conflict • separation and divorce • women’s issues • anxiety • depression • child behavior problems Debra D. Castaldo, Ph.D. Over 25 years experience; faculty at Columbia & Rutgers Universities; former Director Pediatric Social Work at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital; Author of “Divorced without Children: Solution Focused Therapy with Women at Midlife”; Host of “Solution Talk” on Rockland World Radio 666 Godwin Avenue, Midland Park, NJ 07432 • 201-569-3137 www.debracastaldo.com ® Christmas Tree Lot Balsam & Frasier & Firs Wreaths • Greens • Roping • Fruit Cakes Proceeds benefit YMCA Good Works Programs Friday 5-9pm Saturday 9am-8pm Sunday 10am-5pm Ridgewood YMCA HOURS 112 Oak Street • Ridgewood 201-444-5600, ext. 320 www.ridgewoodymca.org