Community Service Award


In 2008, Plainville High School classmates of Dr. Bill Petit (class of 1974) decided to begin a Community Service Program at their alma mater. 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 to create a program that would formally recognize and encourage community service in honor 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 Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; and MICHAELA with organizations to help animals. Like her father, Michaela had been enamored of Gandhi’s famous quotation and had posted it on her homepage: “We must be the change we want to see in the world.”

In 2009 the PETIT WOMEN BE THE CHANGE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS were started at Cheshire High School, as well. There, as in Plainville, there are first and second place individual winners, 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 students’ names.

A Community Service Day was begun with speakers that included students, administrators, and members of the Class of 1974. 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 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 students’ names.

Petit Women Be The Change Community Service Awards


Plainville HS – Destiny Rose Wasilonsky & Janeil Benson


Plainville HS – Ashley Hernandez & Emma Lopez

Cheshire HS – Sagarika Srinivasan


Plainville HS – Andrew Kane

Cheshire HS – Alexa Cofrancesco


Plainville HS – Cheyenne Emmendorfer, Karla Juarez & Abigail Leander

Cheshire HS – 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 – 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