Amy Robinson (fifth from right) is pictured with Westerville North Principal Kurt Yancey, Superintendent John Kellogg, colleagues at North and the group of Sunrise Rotarians who surprised her with the Service to Youth Award.
Amy Robinson, Paraprofessional/Instructional Aide in the North Pointe Program at Westerville North High School, was surprised on May 3 when a group of Sunrise Rotarians showed up in her classroom to present her with the Diane J. Conley Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Service to Youth award. She received a plaque from the club, along with a cake and a gift card donated by the Walmart Supercenter on Schrock Road. In addition, an American flag will be flown in her honor during Westerville’s Field of Heroes display. Robinson and other Service to Youth award winners will be honored at a breakfast on May 17.
According to her nominator, Robinson goes above and beyond to help at-risk students with mental health and behavior issues. She makes sure each pupil is treated with respect and kindness. They feel safe to open up to her when they need someone to talk with. She validates positive efforts and works to increase their confidence. She also provides them with food and clothing, if needed, and connects them with resources. A caring and compassionate individual, Amy Robinson treats students as if they were her own. She has helped many at-risk youngsters progress educationally and personally.
Rotary Sunrise instituted Service to Youth awards five years ago to recognize exceptional school employees who have made a special contribution to youth; have served as a positive role model for young people; and have demonstrated service above and beyond the call of duty in performing their job responsibilities. The award is named in honor of Sunrise Rotarian Diane Conley, retired Chief of Academic Affairs for Westerville City Schools.