Local task force looks to implement after school programs
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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- An Amsterdam volunteer group that formed in the aftermath of two student killings wants to make sure that everyone has a safe place to go. The Community Task Force held a meeting to brainstorm ideas for possible after school programs.
Through a partnership with the school district, the group will use rooms at the Bacon School as a safe haven for people to go. This comes after the violent deaths of two students: Paul Damphier, 16, and Jonathan DeJesus, 13.
"One of the main ideas that came out of last summer's tragedies is maybe their isn't enough for students to do in our community," said Thomas Perillo, Superintendent. "We're trying to do our share in partnership with our community agencies to give our students something to do."
Rob Spagnola, Recreation Director for the city of Amsterdam, added, "We're going to make this so it's like their permanent home. For basketball and other youth activities, so just having a place that kids can grow up in, and here throughout the whole year."
For more information on how you can get involved, head to www.gasd.org.