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Way to Go! Demetrius Bidot-Miles of West Babylon

Credit: West Babylon School District

A West Babylon student called a “shining star” by teachers is making his mark through a love of volunteering.

Demetrius Bidot-Miles, an eighth-grader at West Babylon Junior High School, has racked up more than 100 hours of volunteer work through his school’s Community Service Club, tackling projects ranging from making crafts with special-needs children to selling puzzle pins to benefit Autism Speaks.

He recently was honored for his efforts with a President’s Volunteer Service Award, which honors Americans who help inspire others to engage in volunteer work. It is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

“I was excited to receive this award,” said Bidot-Miles, 14. “My most meaningful work is probably what I’ve done with the special-needs students; I really got to get close to them.”

His volunteer efforts include making place mats to be used during Thanksgiving dinners provided by the United Methodist Church of Babylon and creating holiday cards that were delivered to wounded veterans at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

“Demetrius is one of my shining stars,” said Lorraine Zemba, the school Community Service Club adviser who nominated Bidot-Miles for the award. “He is extremely articulate, polite and a good listener.”

Bidot-Miles also is in the school’s Bully Prevention Club and Drama Club.

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