LHS shines at awards ceremony
By Pat Murphy
Laurel High School received two of the nine group awards at the Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Awards dinner held at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover last week. In addition, Summer Spicer, Laurel High School junior, received one of the seventeen awards that were given out at the eighth annual service awards.
Laurel’s chapter of the National Honor Society and the Laurel Leo Club, a branch of the Lions Club for high school students, were both honored.
“The award recipients are representative of Delaware’s youth who are making a positive contribution to society and inspiring others to do the same,” Gov. Ruth Ann Minner said during the ceremony.
High school principal Karen Hughes was elated. “We are a small, small school but we have our hearts and minds in the right places,” she said.
The Laurel chapter of the Honor Society was nominated for the award by teacher Brad Spicer. According to the program, the chapter has “acquired a well-deserved reputation for responding to community needs with unparelled energy and dedication.”
Members of the chapter have been involved with the Donna Whaley Memorial Walk, the Hope House, welcoming eighth graders to school, the Laurel State Service Center and the Good Samaritan Shop’s Christmas toy drive. “The students’ efforts have had a dramatic and positive effect on the lives of Laurel’s citizens,” the program said.
The Laurel Leo Club raised funds for the Hope House shelter, purchased glasses and hearing aids for the needy, adopted a family for Christmas and Thanksgiving, maintained the grounds of the local tennis and basketball courts, donated money to the Leader Dog program for the blind, worked at a local day care and have raised funds for the Eye Bank of Delaware Valley and The World Trade Center Victims Relief Fund.
Spicer’s is one of nine individual awards handed out during the ceremony. She is the daughter of Brad and Joy Spicer of Laurel.
As a member of the Laurel Community Foundation Inc., Spicer knew that at least $200,000 would need to be raised to realize the goal of constructing two transitional housing units for the homeless in Laurel. She then initiated the Donna Whaley Memorial Walk for Hope. Her nine months of work were realized when 15 percent of the needed funds were raised. It is an annual event.
She also was involved with the landscaping of the shelter.
She is an officer of the Leo Club in addition to being involved with student government and the National Honor Society. Under her direction the student government food drive brought in over 1,500 food items that were distributed to the needy.
This summer, she plans to do volunteer work at a local hospital. Her long range goals is to become an ophthalmologist or surgeon.
Spicer said that she appreciated the award very much but her motivation is just to stay involved.
It is the involvement from which she draws satisfaction, she said.
Trap Pond celebration planned
Trap Pond Partners, a non-profit volunteer group, is sponsoring a Celebration at Trap Pond State Park Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Face painting, hayrides and clowns will be available. The Delaware State Police will have the Medivac helicopter and police dogs at the park. There will be free fingerprinting for all children. Big Brother/Big Sister, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Sussex County will have information booths at the park. In addition there will be a canoe and kyack demonstration as well as plans for a new bike trail unveiled. The Delaware State’s attorney Jane Brady and state Sen. Robert Venables will also join in the celebration. Musical entertainment will be provided by Shelly Abbott.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and sodas will be sold by the Trap Pond partners.
The partners are looking for vendors to demonstrate and/or sell their crafts. They also are looking for anyone with antique farm equipment and/or automobiles to be displayed.
Anyone interested in being a vendor or displaying antique farm equipment or vintage automobiles may call the park office at 875-5153, or Allan Shulder at 875-2479.