Darby Laurence and Sadie Wiley, community-minded eighth-graders at Maple Point Middle School, were named the Rotary Club of Shady Brook’s Student of the Month for December 2019 and January 2020, respectively.
Each received a $100 scholarship for her volunteerism and community service. They were selected by the club in consultation with the school’s teachers and guidance counselors. The students and their families were recognized at a recent awards dinner at Bella Tori at the Mansion in Langhorne.
Laurence, a Girl Scout, is working toward her Silver Award. Her project involves assembling first aid kits for pet owners, including pamphlets with tips to treat minor injuries, potentially reducing the need for time-consuming trips to the vet.
A member of the National Junior Honor Society, Laurence is a student-teacher for dance for 4-year-olds at Galaxy Dance and Fitness in Levittown, and also sings in the Maple Point School Choir. She and her family live in Hulmeville.
Wiley is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Her activities include competition cheerleading for United Dream Elite in Bristol. She and her team are heading to Disney World in May to compete in the Division II cheerleading summit. Her team also spends time doing community service by making blankets for preemies at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Wiley and her family and friends have hosted a Toys for Tots donation event for 11 years and have donated more than 8,000 toys to the Marines. The Wileys live in Langhorne Manor.
Since its founding as a 501(c)(3) corporation, the Rotary Club of Shady Brook has provided more than $210,000 in cash and $50,000 of in-kind contributions to support many health, community service and veterans-related causes, and raised disaster relief funds in the aftermath of both domestic and international natural disasters. Members have donated more than 10,000 volunteer hours assisting many organizations and causes. They also provide scholarships to local middle and high school students.
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