Story posted October 22, 2008
Suzie Rawden (second from left) on her Community Immersion Pre-O trip.
On Thursday, October 30, first-year student Suzie (Katie) Rawden of Darien, CT will be presented with a 2008 Light a Fire Award by Moffly Publications which publishes the Greenwich, Westport, and New Canaan/Darien magazines. The award is given to a unique group of individuals who have gone beyond the ordinary to the extraordinary in their support of those in need.
Rawden received recognition as the area's "Extraordinary Teenage Volunteer" for her work in creating the Homework Helpers program at St. Luke's Lifeworks, an organization that provides shelter and resources for families experiencing homelessness. During Rawden's junior year at Darien High School she began the program which provides two hours of tutoring and fun educational activities twice each week for the children living at the shelter. According to St. Luke's, the Homework Helpers program has helped improve the children's grades and has helped them relate better to each other.
Read more about the award here.
One little girl, a fifth-grader, is just brilliant and determined to make it to college; I know she will succeed.
— Suzie Rawden