Westy Self Storage of Wilton, Conn., has donated the use of a storage unit to The Wilton Class Projects, a division of the Wilton Youth Council (WYC), to prepare decorations for the organization’s annual post-graduation party. The overnight event at Middelbrook School enables graduating seniors in the community to celebrate in a safe and sober environment. Parent volunteers decorate the venue, and the theme of the party is kept secret from students until early June.
Sponsored by the WYC since 1987, The Wilton Class Projects provide drug- and alcohol-free social or educational events for the parents and teens of each individual class for five years, culminating in the post-graduation party, according to the source. The events are open to all members of the class regardless of the school they attend. In addition to serving as fundraisers for the graduating class, they, also enable parents to network and support one another in dealing effectively with adolescent issues.
“We are grateful that Westy has provided us a place to work on our decorations and store our materials. Since we are working with a tight budget, it’s extremely helpful that Westy has donated a storage unit to us,” said Shawn Kahal, WYC’s class-project coordinator.
The post-graduation party is an “outstanding concept in which the students can have fun yet remain safe,” said Joe Schweyer, district director of Westy’s facility in Wilton.
WYC is a nonprofit organization established in the 1980s by a group of parents concerned about underage drinking. Led by a board of directors, the organization advocates for the children and youth of Wilton, provides youth-related community programming, and facilitates communication, cooperation and networking on youth issues with parents, school, community and town government.
Founded in 1990, Westy Self Storage is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. The company's portfolio of facilities spans Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.