MILLBURN, NJ – Clare Murphy of 28 Claremont Drive will be the 20th annual recipient of the Arline Shapiro Community Service Award at the Millburn High School Awards Program on June 9.
Presented to the MHS student “who best embodies the spirit of volunteerism and community service,” the Award was created in honor of township resident Arline Shapiro by her family, and carries with it a cash prize.
Ms. Murphy, a senior, who is the daughter of Gregory and Sandra Murphy, will be recognized for her extensive volunteer service to disadvantaged children.
Since her freshman year, she has worked with Horizons Newark at the Philip's Academy charter school. Horizons is an academic enrichment program that seeks to address the achievement gap for public school students, grades K-8, from low income families, by offering a Saturday Academy and a Summer Institute.
“I have gained so much patience and appreciation for the work teachers do,” said Ms. Murphy, who will continue volunteering with children at Bowdoin College, where she will enroll next fall.
“Clare Murphy’s dedicated service to children is an outstanding example for other Millburn students and township residents alike,” said Gail Shapiro, a member of the Millburn High School Class of ’68. “Our entire family is very pleased to recognize her accomplishments.”
A life-long volunteer, Arline Shapiro has served as the township’s UNICEF chair since 1960, and has long been a volunteer in the public school system. In addition, she has been a Girl Scout leader, cookie mom, and troop consultant; as well as raising funds first for polio research, then for cancer research, since the 1940s. She and her husband Harold live on Locust Avenue.