Community Service Scholarship

In 2008, classmates (Plainville High School Class of 1974) of Dr. Bill Petit decided to begin a Community Service Program at Plainville High School. The Class of 1974 had been active since their graduation and had supported academic awards to seniors attending a four year college or university or two year technical school. The Class decided to join with the PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION and create a program that would formally recognize and encourage community service because of the activism of the Petit women: JENNIFER in the Methodist church, the local food bank, Heifer International, and diabetes organizations among others; HAYLEY with the CT Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; MICHAELA with organizations to help animals. MICHAELA had also posted Mohandas Gandhi’s quotation,

“We must be the change we want to see in the world” on her home page.

In 2009 the PETIT WOMEN BE THE CHANGE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS were begun at Cheshire High School as well. There, as in Plainville, there are first and second place for individuals and a team prize. Each winner receives an award and a grant to a 501(c)(3) charity is made by the Petit Family Foundation in the student’s names.

A Community Service day was started with speakers including students, administrators, and members of the Class of 1974. Then, in the spring of 2008, the first Plainville High School Class of ‘74 and Petit Family Foundation Petit Women “Be The Change” Community Service Awards were given. The awards were designed to be given to two individuals, first and second place, as well as to one team. In addition each winner was able to select a 501(c) (3) charity to which the PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION would donate in the student’s name.

Petit Women Be The Change Community Service Awards

Plainville HS - Andrew Kane
Cheshire HS>/b> - Alexa Cofrancesco

Plainville HS - Cheyenne Emmendorfer, Karla Juarez & Abigail Leander
Cheshire HS>/b> - Manavi Jain

Plainville HS - Caterina LaBella & Alexa St. Jean

Plainville HS - First Place (tie): Lauren Lederman, Brianna Lagassey; Second Place (tie): Emily Bienasz, Kristina Petit
Cheshire HS>/b> - First Place: Cara Walsh

Plainville HS - First Place (tie): PHS Unified Sports Basketball Team, Shatsada Lovan; Second Place (tie): Jarod Romankiw, Nichole Page, Carly Brunelle
Cheshire HS

Plainville HS
Cheshire HS

Plainville HS - Jennifer Heslin, Samanth Bradley, Kyleigh Panetta; Charities - CT Humane Society Shelter (Thank you note), Food Bank and Pure Water for the World (Thank you note), Event Program, Video

Plainville HS - 1st Place Allesandra Caponigro $1000, Charity – Unfied Sports $500; Honorable Mention Samantha Bradley $100, Charity – CCMC $500; Team Award Winners Katherine Willard, Nicholas Giuliani, Charity – SOLES4SOULS $500, Event Program
Cheshire HS - 1st Place Jill Durso $1000, Charity – American Cancer Society $500; Team Award Winners Brendan Smalec and Anna Frenzilli, Charity – Cheshire Communtiy Food Pantry Inc. $500 thank you note

Plainville HS - Alma Pietri, Lauren Davis, Emma Carpenter, Justin Misluck
Cheshire HS - Allie Centorino, Asahi Hoque

Plainville HS - Paige Casey, Laurel Underwood, Brianna Francheschini, Rebecka Mousch,  Samantha Dow, Jennifer Farina, Nicholas Daddabbo; Event Program, Comments, 2009 Service Fair Program
Cheshire HS - Ceara Rosemary Larkin, Christine Bannan, Jamie Erickson, Team ENOUGH—Mansoor Alam and Shayna Zanker; Comments, Event Program, Photos

Plainville HS - Whitley Dozier, Kristen Carrocchia, Amanda Lea, Steven Boutin; Comments, Event Program
Cheshire HS - Julia Krasnow, Cheshire Softball Team—Emily Amento and Linda Amarante; Comments

Plainville HS - Ryan Pelletier , Annalicia Huey, Team CANstruction and Mr. Esposti’s Bike Rehabilitation team; Comments, Event Program, thank you note, 2007 Service Fair Program


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Jan 24 - PFF Fundraiser - 2nd sitting at The Art Studio of Connecticut - Paint and Sip!
Jan 13 - PFF Fundraiser - The Art Studio of Connecticut - Paint and Sip!
Nov 9 - 15th Annual Lights of Hope Event Held in Cheshire
Nov 9 - Petit Family Foundation donates grant to Interval House in Hartford
Nov 8 - Cheshire’s Lights of Hope happening this weekend
Nov 8 - Interval House Kids Program Gets Petit Family Foundation Grant
Sep 13 - Bus trip offered to Red Sox game at Fenway Park as fund-raiser for St. Paul softball, Petit Family Foundation
Aug 29 - Old Lyme beach association donates summer food profits
Aug 7 - Wings and Wheels raises money for the Petit Family Foundation and the Plainville Food Pantry
July 24 - Runners turn out in heat; show support for Petit Foundation
July 22 - Photos--Chips Petit Road Race by 4Biz Graphics, LLC
July 21 - Thousands participate in Petit Family 5K despite high temps and humidity
July 21 - 12th Annual Petit Family 5K Road Race held Sunday
July 19 - Runners urged to take precautions ahead of weekend races
June 24 - Whiting Forensic Hospital participates in ‘Michaela’s Garden Project’
June 20 - As it approaches 150 years, Plainville plans celebration for July
June 11 - Petit Family Foundation honors Plainville, Cheshire grads
June 8 - Fellowship in honor of Hayley Petit expands 12 years after Cheshire home invasion
June 6 - Petit Family Foundation honors 2 high school seniors

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