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Pleasantville Students Prepare for Global Travels

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Students from Pleasantville High School will be traveling the globe this summer to places including Australia, Ecuador, Germany and six other countries as part of the Pleasantville International Association.

Students involved in the program appeared at Village Hall on Monday night and were sent off by Mayor Peter Scherer with new Pleasantville baseball caps to wear on their journeys.

“This is our annual occasion to fire up the Pleasantville, N.Y., Department of State and to anoint you as our official ambassadors for the good work you do in taking the story of Pleasantville around the globe,” Scherer said.

The students will live with host families and perform community service while travelling throughout their countries with an organization with which they decide to travel, said PIA Co-President Sharon Psyhojos.

"The children get fully immersed in the culture, then come back to Pleasantville to continue sharing their experiences with local organizations such as the Rotary Club, women's clubs and all three schools in Pleasantville," Psyhojos said.

PIA is a non-profit organization that raises money by collecting donations, working the tree and wreath sale at the Pleasantville Methodist Church, and by hosting fundraising events such as International Night.

The nine students and the countries they will be traveling to this summer are Lucy Becker, Belize; Kelly Bonanni, Peru; Adam Bucheister, Tanzania; Charlie Finn, South Africa; Elizabeth Hammond, Argentina; Teresa Sullivan, Australia; James Leyden, New Zealand; Deanna Long, Ecuador; and Brittany Lopez, Germany.

"This program has existed for so long and has become a fixture and institution in the life of Pleasantville High School," said Scherer, the parent of a PIA alum. The program "has taken students like my own daughter and gotten them to think about the possibility of going overseas in an adventure that many of those kids would not otherwise have thought of."

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