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Yorktown Students Collect Halloween Candy for Troops

The Westchester Youth Volunteers collected candy at Downing Park.

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The Westchester Youth Volunteers, a group consisting of local high school, middle school and elementary school students, recently conducted a Halloween candy drive for troops. The drive, called Operation Gratitude, was held earlier this month at Downing Park.

Club member Arnav Menon, a junior at Walter Panas High School, organized the drive at his school. Pradeepa Krish, a senior at Yorktown High School, also organized the drive at her school, with the support of principal Joseph Degennaro.

Here is the list of club members who actively participated in the drive:

  • Pradeepa Krish, senior at Yorktown High School (founder and president)
  • Caroline Foster, senior at Yorktown High School
  • Arnav Menon, junior at Walter Panas High School
  • Pranav Krish, sophomore at Yorktown High School
  • Prisha Sujin Kumar, sophomore at the Ursuline School
  • Gautham Shivshankar, freshman at Lakeland High School
  • Raymond White, seventh grade at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School
  • Rishi Madabhushi, freshman at Irvington High School
  • Samantha Piccirillo, freshman at Walter Panas High School
  • Sayli Satpute, freshman at Yorktown High School
  • Nivethika Sujin Kumar, eighth grade at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School
  • Rohan Subramani, eighth grade at Mildred E. Strang Middle School
  • Joey Piccirillo, seventh grade at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School
  • Pratap Ram Krish, fifth grade at Crompond Intermediate School
  • Evan Piccirillo, third grade at Lincoln Titus Elementary School

The group thanks Councilman Vishnu Patel for providing American flags to all kids who came to Downing Park to give their candy collection. For more information about the Westchester Youth Volunteers, visit:

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