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Youngsters recognized for service on Global Youth Day

Margaret Diggs, executive director of the County Youth Bureau said more than 400 participants were involved in this year's event, up from the 300 last years.

"We picked up some tread," she said.

Representatives from the Albany Police Athletic League, Parson's, LaSalle School, St. Anne's Institute, the Boys and Girls Club, Hispanic Outreach Services, Israel A.M.E. Church, Girls Inc. and Jobs Corps were on hand, according to event organizers.

Allie Poll, of Delmar, is a Bethlehem Central High School graduate and SUNY Stonybrook student, helped plan the event said she was happy to have the opportunity to give back to the community and continue to serve Albany County.

Poll is on the Youth Bureau Board, and has a track record of community service, as she was Key Club president, a Capital City Rescue Mission volunteer and Habitat for Humanity volunteer.

"I love it," she said. "It's been amazing."

Christian Holsapple, also a former BCSC student, said giving to the community has its benefits.

"You feel good about yourself," he said. "You know you're doing the right thing."

Global Youth Service Day started in 1988 and has had nearly 37 million participants.

The event was sponsored by KOHL's and was supported by Stewarts Shoppes, Price Chopper, McDonald's Hannaford, Subway, Valvoline, Home Depot, Sam's Club, Sysco, BJ's Wholesale Club and the Colonie Police Benevolent Association.

Entertainment at the event featured a demonstration from Miss Nanny's Double Dutch League and karaoke, including a duet by McKnight and Breslin, who performed, "You Are My Sunshine."

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