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Millie Venegas, a foreign language teacher at West Brunswick High School, has been recognized by Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow Award recipient.
The award, named after the Rotary founder, was presented to Venegas by the South Brunswick Island (SBI) Rotary at its Sept. 28 meeting.
In addition to teaching Spanish, Venegas is faculty adviser for the Interact Club, Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 to 18.
The Interact Club helps develop leadership skills and personal integrity in students. The club also helps students understand the value of respecting and helping others.
Working closely with the SBI Rotary, Venegas and the Interact Club have made a significant impact on the lives of many West Brunswick High School students. Others who have made important contributions to the program include guidance counselor and head football coach/Rotarian Jimmy Fletcher and former Interact Club adviser Brandi Wilson.
According to the Rotary International website, “Patience, organization, and the desire to work with young people are essential qualities of effective advisers.”
Schools officials said Venegas possesses the “essential qualities,” and she also goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to her students. Because of her dedication and love she has for all of the children in her care, someone donated $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation in her honor, and she has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.