2009-02-26 / Letters to the Editor

Teen Center pasta dinner a success

The Teen Center Pasta Dinner was a great success and despite less than perfect weather conditions, nearly 60 people came out to support our cause.

The pasta dinner was the first fund-raising effort for the youth advisory council, AMPT, Adolescents Making Programs for Teens. AMPT consists of Jamestown teens of all ages: seventh graders Evin Barrett, Sam DiGasper and Jasper Flour; eighth graders Amina Brown, Gage DeVellis Vaughn Gooding, Becca Heavey, Luke Lis, Jack Romano and Tyler Woodward, and tenth grader Sam Baugh; and is advised by Teen Coordinator Debbie Tungett and Lawn Avenue School's Student Assistance Counselor Stephanie Nocon.

AMPT has established numerous goals. They would like to have monthly events, periodic fundraisers, a new 15-passenger van, an arcade style "Dance Dance Revolution" game and a "School of Rock." "Dance Dance Revolution" is a popular dance video game where up to two players at a time can challenge their skill and stamina. "School of Rock" is a program where teens can learn how to play guitars, bass, drums, keyboards and other rock instruments with the goal of having live performances. Last Tuesday's event raised over $500 towards meeting these goals.

The event would not have been possible without the generous support of the community. Freddie's House of Pizza, the Village Hearth Bakery and members of the PTO provided the food for the evening. Local businesses and individuals provided items for our prize giveaway, sold tickets to the event and gave monetary donations including Anita Haircut, Baker's Pharmacy, Bank Newport, Beavertail Lighthouse Museum, Brick Alley Pub, Conanicut Marine Ship Store, East Ferry Deli, Island Rubbish Service, the Jamestown Golf Course, Judith Bell, Ken's Barber Shop, Mama Leone's Restaurant, the Narragansett Café, Newport Animal Hospital, Paws and Claws, the Slice of Heaven and the Vetter Family. We would also like to thank the Parks and Recreation maintenance crew, Ronnie Parfitt and Andrew Rushton, for all of their assistance. Without the support of the community, none of this would have been possible.

The next scheduled event for AMPT will be the One Year Anniversary Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28. The Teen Center is celebrating its first year since the opening of its new space at the town's Recreation Center and we would like to invite the community to come and celebrate with us. There will be fun for the whole family, so mark your calendars. More information to follow, so check out our website at www.jamestownri.net/ teen/teen.html, or contact Debbie Tungett at 423-7261 or email jamestownteen@ yahoo.com. Deb Tungett Teen Center coordinator

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