New Castle News

November 30, 2012

YDC students to help with benefit

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Events of the past week show New Castle is a community that cares.

Various groups are offering support — financial and otherwise — for the family of 7-year-old Octavius Stone who was struck by a truck and killed Sunday on Winslow Avenue. Among those helping are students and staff at the New Castle Youth Development Center.

A Walk For Octavius Stone is scheduled for Saturday morning at Cascade Park and two YDC residents and their counselor, Mike Morgan, will be there.

After hearing about the accident, students at the YDC approached Morgan to find out what they could do to help.

“Community service is a big part of treatment and this is community service,” Morgan said. “It’s thinking about others rather than themselves and it shows these residents have real emotion.”

He will accompany the two students who have off-grounds approval.

Residents don’t have money to give but can assist in other ways through time and their caring, Morgan pointed out.

With the assistance of staff and supervisors, students are also making cards, drawing pictures and writing letters to Octavius’ family.

“It was such a terrible thing that happened. The kids here are demonstrating sympathy and empathy for people they don’t know.”