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Brentwood Council plans to recognize youths for exceptional service

| Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, 5:42 p.m.

Brentwood Council members want to recognize borough youths who have distinguished themselves.

Council is encouraging adults to nominate a youth between five and 18 years old for the Youth Exceptional Service Award, or YES. The deadline for the new initiative is Dec. 15.

Councilwoman Stephanie Fox came up with the idea. She said children are recognized in school for their academic achievement and student-athletes receive accolades for their performances.

The Brentwood YES Award is designed to showcase those youths who have done something positive in their community. Contributions could be standing up to a bully or volunteering their time.

Fox said she has a positive outlook on life and wants to let the Brentwood community know that there are a number of positive things going on in the borough.

“We want to recognize the little things,” Fox said. “There's no participation award in life. We want to tell kids that we see the good deeds you are doing.”

“She's all about positivity,” said borough Manager George Zboyovsky, who worked with Fox to establish guidelines for the award. Council approved the initiative in August.

The nomination form and eligibility guidelines can be found on the borough's website brentwoodboro.com. The nomination form asks adults to answer four questions so that council members better understand the nominated youth.

“We're not looking for massive long paragraphs,” Fox said. “It looks more intimidating than it is.”

Council members will review the nominations with the names removed. Fox said there is no set number for award winners and recipients will be notified by Feb. 1.

The award will be given in the spring and fall. The application deadline for the fall is July 15.

Award recipients will receive an engraved plaque and be recognized at a council meeting.

Jim Spezialetti is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5805 or jspezialetti@tribweb.com.

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