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Four teen volunteers honored by Westport SafeRides

Updated 10:52 am, Thursday, June 19, 2014
  • These four Staples High School students were honored for their contributions to SafeRides, the student-run service that provides confidential rides home to teenagers in Westport on Saturday nights. From left are Junior Gem winner Emily Lewis, Executive Board MVPs Bennett Propp and Elizabeth Coogan, and Senior Saviour winner Lea Sellon. Photo: Westport News/Contributed Photo / Westport News
    These four Staples High School students were honored for their contributions to SafeRides, the student-run service that provides confidential rides home to teenagers in Westport on Saturday nights. From left are Junior Gem winner Emily Lewis, Executive Board MVPs Bennett Propp and Elizabeth Coogan, and Senior Saviour winner Lea Sellon. Photo: Westport News/Contributed Photo

 

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SafeRides, the student-run service that provides teenagers with free, confidential rides home on Saturday nights, has honored four of its volunteers for their contributions to the program.

Founded in 2009 as way to reduce driving after drinking, SafeRides depends on Staples High School volunteers to staff a dispatch center that teens can call for rides home on most Saturday nights during the school year.

Julie Mombello, SafeRides head adult coordinator, announced the following award winners among the program's student volunteers:

Emily Lewis was presented the Junior Gem award, given to the 11th grader who has volunteered for the most Saturday nights and/or worked on nights that are difficult to staff, such as homecoming and prom nights.

Lea Sellon was presented the Senior Savior award, given to the 12th grader who has volunteered for the most Saturday nights and/or worked on nights that are difficult to staff.

Junior Bennett Propp and senior Elizabeth Coogan were presented the Executive Board MVP awards, given to the 11th and 12th graders who have devoted the most time to training, organizing and volunteering for the executive board, which includes five adults and 13 students.

SafeRides provides teens with transportation to their homes in Westport from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on most Saturday nights during the school year. The service is suspended during school vacation and for some holidays.

SafeRides is based in Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church's Mackenzie House in space donated by the church.

The service ended for the for the summer break on June 14, Mombello said. It will resume when the academic year starts at the end of the summer.

Mombello, the head adult coordinator for five years, is retiring after this school year's service. She will be replaced by Mark Dulsky.