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Gunpowder's Kids Honored For Community Service

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – A small group of preschool through elementary school students were identified as "Gunpowder's Kids" and honored as for their community service on Sunday afternoon Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell.

The kids and their parents crowded into the story time room in the children's library, where they listened to the spooky story of Ichabod Crane from Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow . They were then honored by Fixell with an official proclamation declaring Tuesday, October 11 as Gunpowder's Kids Day in Tarrytown.

“First I'm going to read something which is going to recognize all you guys for all the really good things you do in town and it starts you on the path to, when you grow up, doing more good things,” Fixell said. “We really rely on people like you to help out get things going well.”

Gunpowder’s Kids , an organization devoted to promoting community service in young kids, celebrated its second year of projects. The organization is named after Ichabod Crane's faithful horse Gunpowder from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Children in preschool and up to age 12 can participate.

“We're here because all of you have done wonderful things to help out the village of Tarrytown,” founder Patricia Pinckney said.

Kids involved in the program have planted flowers at Neighborhood House and Warner Library, picked up trash around town and raised money to donate Birthday Box and Christmas presents. They also planted sunflowers at the Historical Society and helped build the playground at Washington Irving Intermediate School.

Pinckney discussed the word “anonymous” at the ceremony, telling kids they could do a lot of good things without being in the newspaper. She urged them to think about the word as they went along in the next year.

“We're just so happy that so many of you are giving back to the village by doing wondering things,” Pinckney said.

EPTA President David Neilsen led the story time before the certificate ceremony, donning a special hat for the occasion. Every so often, he'd stop during the story and point out local spots which the legend is based on, such as the Old Dutch Church.

Fixell honored the kids by reading their names and handing out certificates. He also shook hands with those kids who were willing. Some were too shy to collect their certificates.

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