The Marysville Rotary Club honored two Marysville-Pilchuck High School students for their community service on Jan. 31.
Students Amber McKenzie and Shain Langlois received the Rotary Student of the Month awards in their classrooms in the morning.
Over the last month Amber has about 37 hours of community service, according to Kathleen Wilde, NJROTC instructor at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
“Every single event we had she volunteered at,” said Wilde.
Shain also had 27 hours across the same time period.
“And that was working over the holiday season as well,” said Wilde.
The NJROTC puts in volunteer hours at many events across the community, including providing day care for the Everett Naval Station.
“Every time one of the ships had a holiday party, we went over and provided day care so they didn’t have to pay for it,” said Wilde.
That daycare service was assisted by Shain and Amber.
Local Rotary and Soroptimist clubs also held auctions to fundraise for their community projects, which were assisted by Amber and Shain.
Wilde said that the two students are continuing to volunteer throughout the year.
“They’re pretty much still doing it now, so it’s not like it’s just a one-time thing for them,” she said.
In addition to putting time to helping community events, Wilde said that Shain and Amber also help to get other people involved.
“I think they’re dedication to community service really set the standard for everyone else. Not only were they providing their community service, they were bringing other students with them,” she said.
“So that part was really important to me, not just that they went out and served, but they helped get other people involved,” she said.
The local Rotary program is meant to recognize students who give back.
“We began this program a number of years ago to promote community service, because that’s what Rotary is all about,” said Daryn Bundy, a member of the Marysville Rotary club.
They give awards to eight students each year and give them $100 each for their service.
“The idea is not to pay them, but to spread the idea that community service pays, even if it doesn’t literally,” said Bundy.
The Marysville Les Schwab Tires provides the funds for those checks.
Bundy works with local schools to recognize students in their classrooms.
“The nice thing about it is that we bust into their classrooms, they don’t know anything about it and the counselors set it all up,” said Bundy.
“We give them a certificate and all the students are all ‘oh, that’s great, another award,’ but as soon as we give them a check all the students light up,” he said.
Bundy told the students that it is good that they get out to help their community.
“We know you have plenty of hours in community service and we just appreciate doing what you’re doing,” he said.