A Long Beach student with a love of volunteering has been making a difference both in her school district and local community.
Chloe Capofarri, a Long Beach High School junior, has tackled volunteer efforts ranging from serving with the junior fire department in Point Lookout, which she joined last April, to serving as Sergeant in Arms for all junior fire departments in Nassau County. In the latter position, she attends monthly board meetings with members of all 41 junior fire departments countywide.
The teen said her interest in the field began eight years ago after the death of her uncle, the Rev. John Piccione, a chaplain for the Paterson and West Paterson, N.J., fire departments.
“I wanted to do something to follow in his footsteps,” said Capofarri, 16, who has received a Prudential Volunteer Service Award for devoting significant amounts of time to her community.
Capofarri’s other efforts have included spending time with special education students during gym and lunch periods for all three years of middle school. There, she did everything from assisting with worksheets to just talking.
“My day wasn’t complete unless I saw them,” she said.
Capofarri is also a member of her school’s Anti-Bullying Club and has appeared in six musicals — including the current production of “Sister Act.”
The Prudential Volunteer Service Award is sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.