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 their volunteerism and community service and were selected by the club in consultation with the school's teachers and guidance counselors. The students and their families were recognized recently at an awards dinner at Bella Tori at the Mansion in Langhorne.
Darby, a Girl Scout, is working toward her Silver Award. Her project involves assembling first aid kits for pets, 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, Darby is a student-teacher for dance for four-year-olds at Galaxy Dance and Fitness in Levittown, and also sings in the Maple Point school choir. The Laurences live in Hulmeville.
(l to r) Darby's Grandma Margie Laurence, Mom Diane, Brother Dillon, Darby and Dad Chris Laurence – with Studnet Chair Augie Adrid making the presentation
Sadie, too, is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.
Her activities include cheerleading at the United Dream Elite All-Stars, and making baby blankets for preemies. She and her entire family happily participate in Toys for Tots drives. The Wileys live in Langhorne.
(l to r) Grandparents Christopher and Mary Ann Bursk, Mom Nora, Sadie and Dad Gary Wiley – with Student Chair Augie Adrid