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Groups of children from The Children's Aid Society, East Harlem Asthma Center, SCAN (Supportive Children's Advocacy Network), Union Settlement Association, and Yorkville Common Pantry were all enthusiastic to assist the Super Sprowtz in their mission to defeat Pompous Pollution, the Super Sprowtz's archenemy who has been trying to pollute East Harlem.
After the Super Sprowtz thwarted Pompous Pollution, a group of 50 children from The Children's Aid Society participated in the Borough President's Youth Bucks program by visiting the Harvest Home-Union Settlement Market, located at 104th Street and Third Avenue. The children were each given a $2 Youth Buck, a coupon provided by the Manhattan Borough President's Office at no cost, and the children were more than motivated by their favorite Super Sprowtz to load up their shopping bags with fresh fruits and vegetables. A 5-year-old boy from the Children's Aid Society, who used his Youth Buck to purchase carrots at the farmers market, said, "The show was awesome!"
Since the Youth Bucks program was established in 2009, more than 2,500 children from East Harlem have participated. This fall, Youth Bucks and Super Sprowtz will bring their nutritional education to Washington Heights and Inwood.