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Thursday, October 30, 2008

10/30/08 Sign of the Times: One-Third of GHS Students Seeking Work - Greenwich Citizen

Job-seeking Greenwich High School students are registering their desires on a cutting-edge Student Employment Service Web site developed by a group of GHS parents.

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A revelation of the impact of the economic downturn came at the start of last Thursday's regular Board of Education meeting at New Lebanon Elementary School. One third of the 2,700 students at Greenwich High School are looking for work.

"In this time of greater need, the 35 Student Employment Service volunteers have placed over 100 students in jobs since Sept. 1," said PTA Council President Julie Faryniarz, in her traditional board meeting update of PTA and student activities in the district.

"Fully one-third of the GHS students are currently registered in the online system and are seeking some type of employment," she said, "through a Web-based system custom designed by GHS parents, which sets the standard in school employment solutions."

"It's called the Student Employment Service (SES)," said GHS PTA Executive Board Co-President Laurie Heiss Grealy. "It's a wonderful operation deeply buried in GHS. The kids need it desperately. They need work. Their families are in trouble. The economy has hit everybody."

Graduated students were also benefiting, said Grealy.

The SES, now in its third operational year and located at one end of the Student Activities Center, offers on a daily basis, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m......


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