The Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority (PDIDA), has
several new internship programs underway with local teen students according
to Sheila Dugan the Chairman of The Board.
Sheila Dugan Chairman of PDIDA
Lindsay Hayver, a junior at Pottstown High
School is responsible for a clean-up crew
that meets every other weekend to gather litter in
the borough. Havyer manages the work schedule and
recruits fellow students to help. She will be working with
PDIDA as her senior project for the
next two years. Perhaps you have seen these kids
wearing their yellow PDIDA shirts while they are tidying up
town? The clean up crews range in size from four to
ten people all dedicated to making Pottstown a more environmental place.
Havyer is also working with local businesses and church volunteer groups to
help PDIDA meet one of their main objectives “keeping the downtown clean,
safe and well managed”. Dugan commented on Havyer, “Lindsay is taking her
own initiative in a responsible manner that is rare in teenagers today. She is
truly giving back to her community!”
Lindsay Havre Clean Up Crew Managing Intern for PDIDA!
Some of the PDIDA Volunteer Litter Patrol!
The second aspect of the mentoring program utilizes young artists such as
Jaira Kurtz who is a senior at Pottstown High School. Kurtz will be working with
local businesses and designing murals as advertisements as a way to market
downtown Pottstown. One of her first murals will be doing her own version of
the Grumpy’s logo at the sandwich shop located within the Pottstown Farmers
Jaira Kurtz Artistic Advertising Intern For PDIDA!
Kurtz commented on her senior project intership, “I
lovePottstown and I feel like local students and citizens
don’t get enough credit. We always get the short end of
the stick when it comes to everything and I would just
like to bring more positivity to the town so others can
see what good things can come from Pottstown and the
people who inhabit it. I’m also the
drum major of PHS band and spoke at the past board
meeting about just making this town a better and happier place. It kills
me to see how some of the borough and board members are cutting and taking
away the things that affect this town in positive ways.”
Dugan further discussed how much talent she has seen from young people in
Pottstown, and that past students were responsible for both of the outdoor
murals at the Farmers Market and MCCC’s Riverfront Center.