As part of a new community recognition initiative, the Westhampton Free Library will honor its third local hero, Morgan Deverna, a fourth-grader at Westhampton Beach Elementary School, on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 PM.
The library’s tween department selected Deverna for her unwavering commitment to helping her peers and the community.
“The library is impressed with Morgan’s resolve to go out of her way to help those around her,” said library director Danielle Waskiewicz. “She is a true community hero.”
Deverna was nominated for the recognition by her teacher, Jennifer Wagner. “She’s always making others smile,” said Wagner. “She shares and helps her fellow students and is a wonderful choice for a hometown hero.”
Deverna also participates in school activities related to community service, including the Waves Environmental Club, in which she assists with recycling efforts in her school and brainstorms ways to help clean the planet.
Outside of school, Deverna’s helping nature is at work as a junior Girl Scout with Troop 521. As a scout, she has served food at homeless shelters, collected toys for children in need, and made cookies for children at the Ronald McDonald House.
Deverna is also a dancer and actress, taking musical theater dance classes at the Dance Centre of the Hamptons and acting courses at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. She also plays basketball with the Hampton Youth Athletic League.
Created by a charter signed by Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System, the Westhampton Free Library Association opened its doors on Main Street in the Village of Westhampton Beach in 1897.
As part of the yearlong program, every month, a community member who embodies the spirit of giving will be celebrated at the library’s board meeting. Each recipient is selected by a different department within the library.
“The Westhampton community is full of everyday heroes who consistently give of themselves, inspire others, and make the community the special place that it is,” said Waskiewicz upon the project’s launch at the beginning of the year. “We believe they deserve to be recognized.”