Young Girl Awarded For Volunteerism, Gives $250 To Shelter

  • 5/9/2019 7:39:20 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - Valarie Duffey, a third grade student at Lexington's Central Elementary School, is determined to make her community a better place to live, and on Thursday morning she was rewarded for her efforts at a Kiwanis Club meeting.

Between writing cards to veterans, visiting nursing homes, sewing caps for newborns, volunteering with canines, and everything in between, Valarie has put 481 hours into community service in Mansfield. Her shining example was recognized at Thursday's Kiwanis Club meeting when she was named "Citizen of the Quarter," a title that comes with a plaque and a check for $250 to be given to the Mansfield Domestic Violence Shelter.

She was very excited to be at the meeting to recieve her award, partially because she got to skip school for part of the day in order to do so. But as Valarie told WMFD, she plans to continue her efforts in community service.

In fact, her next project will be the Mansfield Domestic Violence Shelter. On top of the donation provided by the Kiwanis Club of Mansfield, Valarie is donating bags full of bath towels, deoderant, shampoos and conditioners, and other hygiene items for women at the shelter. She also hopes to supply the children there who celebrate birthdays and holidays with small gifts to help them celebrate while they are away from home.

Valarie's mother, Jessica Duffey, is a teacher at Eastern Elementary School in Lexington, and her father Stephen Duffey is a law enforcement officer at Clear Fork Reservoir. Valarie has in the past competed in pageants like Little Miss Lexington, Miss Ohio Princess and the Little Miss USA competition.

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