Brooker wins presidential award
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 18, 2007
DEMOPOLIS &8212; For a 13-year-old Olivia Brooker has a lot on her plate. She has been an active member of Girl Scouts since she was in kindergarten, has donated a foot of hair to Locks of Love on three occasions, is on the Demopolis Middle School yearbook staff, is active in the youth group at St. Leo&8217;s Catholic Church where she also works as an alter server, has been on the Demopolis Middle School Volleyball team for the past two years, is an honor roll student, is a Duke University TIP participant and has just become a thespian by acting in a production.
During this busy schedule of activities Brooker, who said she is an avid reader, has also found time to lend a helping hand at the Demopolis City Library. Her work at the library has gained notice, and Monday afternoon Brooker was presented with the President&8217;s Volunteer Service Award for her volunteer contributions.
Doing volunteer work on Mondays after school Brooker has become a go to person for librarian Lindsy Gardner. She also helps circulation and the children&8217;s program at the library with her time and efforts.
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Gardner said Brooker has become an important part of the libraries operation. Since she has been volunteering for two years, she has become a mainstay to the Monday afternoon scene at the library that the staff can count on for any work they need done.
Though she works hard at the library Brooker wasn&8217;t the one that actively sought the presidential award she has received. In fact, up until Monday afternoon when the award was presented Brooker didn&8217;t have a clue that she was being considered for any type of volunteering award, especially not one as prestigious as the one bestowed.