Local girls honored for building community

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Emmy Stenull, Allie Martin, and Alexandra Kasimatis of “3 Helping Hands” gathered together. PHOTO COURTESY OF JUNIOR LEAGUE OF GREATER PRINCETON
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Helping Hands hand painted pots with sprouts and handwritten notes. PHOTO COURTESY OF JUNIOR LEAGUE OF GREATER PRINCETON
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One of the Helping Hand notes. PHOTO COURTESY OF JUNIOR LEAGUE OF GREATER PRINCETON
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Emmy Stenull, Allie Martin, and Alexandra Kasimatis of “3 Helping Hands” gathered together. PHOTO COURTESY OF JUNIOR LEAGUE OF GREATER PRINCETON
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Helping Hands hand painted pots with sprouts and handwritten notes. PHOTO COURTESY OF JUNIOR LEAGUE OF GREATER PRINCETON
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One of the Helping Hand notes. PHOTO COURTESY OF JUNIOR LEAGUE OF GREATER PRINCETON
D&R Greenway is celebrating Emmy Stenull, Allie Martin and Alexandra Kasimatis for having been granted a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Community Work from the Junior League of Greater Princeton.
Stenull, who is a 13-year-old, Martin, a 12-year-old, and Kasimatis, a 9-year-old, were granted their certificates by the Junior League of Greater Princeton in a June ceremony.
The girls were honored alongside HomeFront, Arm in Arm, Mercer St. Friends and RISE.
The “3 Helping Hands” came up with a unique nature project, because, as they wrote to D&R Greenway, “We are dedicated to making a difference in our world.”
According to D&R Greenway, they painted flowerpots, then planted flowers to sell to neighbors, each purchase adorned with a colorful, helpful note.
Volunteering runs in the Martin family, as Allie’s father, William Martin serves on the land trust’s board of trustees. They donated their entire proceeds, of $178.00, to D&R Greenway to help save the environment.
Community projects are a monthly undertaking for the three girls. Previously, they raised and donated money to help with the COVID-19 vaccine through Johnson & Johnson, according to D&R Greenway.
They also collected over 500 non-perishable food items distributed through Aunt Chubby’s Luncheonette in Hopewell to families in need.
Linda Mead, D&R Greenway CEO and president, praised the generosity and commitment of the three girls, as well as Hopewell’s Callie Considine, whose dedicated efforts helped D&R Greenway Land Trust permanently protect St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell.
In 2010, D&R Greenway celebrated the tenth anniversary of this preserve that is beloved by the community.
“These young people, who have taken personal action to protect nature, are an inspiration to all of us. Their commitment is an embodiment of the third part of our non-profit’s mission: To Preserve, To Care, To Inspire,” she said.
For more information, visit www.drgreenway.org.