In the past month I had the opportunity to attend the graduations at Joseph Foran and Harborside and the Senior Awards Night at Jonathan Law. Further, it was my honor to present Scholarships to some our best and brightest students as the chairman of the Devon Rotary scholarship committee. The scholarship winners earned the awards through their commitment to the Rotary ideal of “Service above Self.” I left all of these events with a great sense of pride, knowing that the future for our community is bright.
At all of the events the students proved to be a credit to their schools, their parents and our community. Above all, one thing has stood out: the commitment to service and connection to our community. At Foran’s graduation Principal John Barile announced that the Foran class of 2012 had completed over 10,000 hours of community service. Reading through scholarship applications from graduates of both high schools I was able to get a grasp of the breadth and depth of the student’s contributions to our community. Our students have started toy drives for cancer patients at Yale - New Haven Hospital, worked with our seniors in nursing homes, played sports alongside students with disabilities through the unified sports program, helped each other through peer mentoring, run coat drives for the needy, collected food for the hungry, given blood for the sick, and that just scratches the surface.
For any organization or community, its greatest asset is its people. We are fortunate to have a group of young citizens who are poised to continue making Milford the “Small City with the Big Heart.” I wish a sincere thank you to all the students for the contributions they have made to our community, and wish them the best as they move on to the next phase of their lives: whether it be college, career, service, or high school. I also ask them to continue giving to their school community, and our home community, as this giving will not only improve their experience, but the experience of the entire community.