Student Activists Recognized for Their Efforts

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Members of the Action Research for Community Change, a student-run think tank at Rye Neck High School, received proclamation awards on Sept. 9 in recognition of their research on public perceptions of water quality. 

The students – junior Gabriel Miller and seniors Sean Diamond and Owen Robertson, and graduates Andrew Alcin, Renue Chin and Ryan Germani – conducted a consumer confidence survey on behalf of the Westchester Joint Water Works in numerous locations in Mamaroneck and Larchmont in 2018 regarding the quality of tap water. They were recognized for their efforts and initiative by Town of Mamaroneck Supervisor Nancy Seligson and Paul Kutzy, manager of Westchester Joint Water Works.

The Action Research for Community Change team, facilitated by Dr. Valerie Feit, the K-12 enrichment coordinator and co-director of school counseling, is a Tools for Change program that uses social science research methods to support policy decisions for local organizations. 

“The purpose of Action Research is to address community issues by teaching students how to conduct ethical research that influences policy development for the common good,” Dr. Feit said. “The findings from this study clearly demonstrated that local community members understand and value the quality of the water we use. The final report was submitted to WJWW for use in their informational materials.”