Jeffrey Playford, a student from the Chappaqua Central School District who attends Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES’ Fox Meadow High School, was named a Student of Distinction for December and recognized at yesterday’s Board of Education meeting at Horace Greeley High School.
Playford has attended Fox Meadow High School for the last two years and, according to his teachers, has made great strides academically Held in high regard by both students and staff, he has been cited on numerous occasions for practicing random acts of kindness, typically towards younger, more fragile students. On one such occasion, Playford brought one of his own stuffed animals to school and gave it to another student as a gift; apparently, it was the student’s birthday and the student had been having a difficult week.
Playford is currently employed at a local deli and volunteers with the Mount Kisco Fire Department. In this role with the Fire Department, he trains and performs drills, and he will soon be able to respond to calls. He hopes to use his Fire Department experience to pursue another role in the Emergency Responder chain: as a volunteer with the Ossining Ambulance Corps.
“Jeff is such a compassionate young guy,” said Fred Santoli, principal of Fox Meadow High School. “He has an overwhelming desire to help people, and you can see it in everything he does. We’ve seen him grow into a responsible young man who really just wants to make the world a better place for those less fortunate than he is.”