South Orangetown Central School District

Tappan Zee High School sophomore Isabella Lamadrid is profiled in the latest issue of the Rockland County Youth Bureau newsletter for her work as a Family Engagement Center student ambassador. “Bella is an amazing asset to the FEC and has been a key team member throughout the pandemic,” said Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services Karen Tesik, Ed.D., who oversees the District’s student and family support services.

Lamadrid started volunteering with the FEC in middle school and has helped to plan and run numerous family nights, Trunk or Treat and other events. Since November 2020, she has spent hours each week at the District’s food pantry, collecting donations, stocking shelves, mentoring younger volunteers and packing bags for distribution.

Being of service is a personal core value for Lamadrid, who also volunteers twice weekly at the Silver Rock Barn, where she helps care for and handle horses. The aspiring veterinarian is studying Hemophilia A in dogs as her four-year Science Research course project and will be seeking a mentor to help her extend her learning next year. “Volunteering has opened my eyes and, for me, it’s really about giving back,” Lamadrid says.

Isabella Lamadrid