WY&FS, Rotary Club Honor RAY Award Winners


Photo courtesy of Westwood Youth and Family Services. The 2023 Recognize A Youth award winners are (L to R) Sreemayi Reddy, Hank Murray, Greydon Gavin and Bridget O’Sullivan.

Thanks to Westwood Youth & Family Services for contributing this news to Westwood Minute.

An eighth grader attending Thurston Middle School and three students attending Westwood High School were honored at Islington's Wentworth Hall on Thursday, May 18th as the recipients of the Recognize A Youth (R.A.Y.) award, an honor conferred annually by the Rotary Club of Westwood and Westwood Youth & Family Services (WY&FS) upon young people in the community who demonstrate caring and a commitment to service. 

Photo courtesy of Westwood Youth and Family Services. Eighth grader Sreemayi Reddy gives a few words with the acceptance of her RAY award.

Sreemay Reddy, an eighth grader at Thurston Middle School, was honored alongside students Greydon Gavin, Hank Murray, and Bridget O’Sullivan. The recipients of the R.A.Y. award have demonstrated an ethic of caring for others, which the award recognizes as essential for the health of the community. 

At the ceremony, the honorees were celebrated for their accomplishments by their families and those that nominated them.

The Rotary Club of Westwood focuses its service efforts in six areas: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. The club supports the R.A.Y. Awards as a way to encourage and recognize the community service performed by the youth in Westwood. 

Photo courtesy of Westwood Youth and Family Services. Pictured are high schooler Greydon Gavin, his parents, and Rotary member Bob Folsom.

Nominations for the R.A.Y. Award are accepted year-round. For more information on the program and a nomination form please go to the WY&FS page at https://www.townhall.westwood.ma.us/departments/youth-family-services

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Photo courtesy of Westwood Youth and Family Services. RAY Award recipients with members of the Rotary and WY&FS (L-R): D. Powers, B. Folsom, A. Buczek, L. Mac, S. Reddy, H. Murray, G. Gavin, B. O’Sullivan, K. Colthart, T. Leyden.
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