Posted by Bob Wicks on Jan 12, 2016
At their meeting on January 7, the Ipswich Rotary Club recognized Winthrop School educator and social worker Deborah Trevarrow with their highest honor, a Paul Harris Fellowship.  Deb was recognized for her many years as faculty advisor to the Rotary sponsored youth service club, Winthrop EarlyAct, and for her exceptional contributions to youth in our community.  Youth development is a major goal of Rotary International.  Ipswich Rotary partners with the Ipswich Public Schools to sponsor youth service clubs at the High School and at both elementary schools.  Each year, the club also sponsors a year-long international Rotary Youth Exchange which benefits the community as well as the students. 
The EarlyAct club is open to students in Grades 4 and 5.  The club follows a format similar to Rotary, meeting to identify, discuss, and select projects and to foster a spirit of “Service Above Self”.  Their community and international projects help the students learn, appreciate and value service that improves lives.
This month marks Deb’s 15th anniversary as School Social Worker at Winthrop.  In her multifaceted position, Deb develops “initiatives and programs to maintain a safe, welcoming and inclusive school environment.  I also support the social and emotional development of the children through classroom curriculum, small group instruction and individual counseling.” 
With this background, it is understandable that Deb facilitates the “Student Leadership Program which has grown to include 100 fourth and fifth grade students.  The focus of this group is on service and supports the development of skills such as communication, critical thinking and cooperation.”  As a natural extension of that initiative, EarlyAct has given her the added opportunity “to partner with Ipswich Rotarians” and be “inspired by the projects that the children initiate to help others”.
Rotary truly is fortunate.  Winthrop Principal Sheila McAdams refers to Deb Trevarrow as the “heart of our school.  In addition to her daily responsiveness to student and family needs, she is constantly creating programs that care for all of the members of our learning community.  Last year, she began working with Open Door to help develop the summer food program and coordinated bowl paintings for their yearly fundraiser.  This year, she created a mindfulness program for the school.  As part of the program, she teaches classrooms of students how to stay focused and regulate their breathing, appreciating all the wonders around them.  As an extension of our mindfulness theme, she developed and coordinated a yoga program for staff.  Deb oversees the 100+ student leadership council, an opportunity for students to take on leadership roles in the school and community.”
Ipswich Rotary congratulates Deborah Trevarrow, PHF, for her dedication and “Service Above Self”.