The Silver Lake Regional School offers the Kayleigh DesRosiers Memorial Scholarship to its students. Kayleigh passed in December 2016 after a car accident. Katie Rand, Kayleigh’s aunt, organized a fundraising campaign for a scholarship in her niece’s name.
“We wanted to have something positive come out of our personal tragedy,” Katie says on behalf of her and her family. “And to honor Kayleigh somehow.”
They’ve done just that. It hasn’t been a full year yet, but the scholarship has exceeded the original $500 goal more than five-fold. Presently the new goal is $3,000 and they’re nearly there. But that’s not all.
What originally started as a scholarship to aid one student who was schooled in Halifax, has branched into something more. A second scholarship, which will be available to a classmate of Kayleigh’s 2018 graduating class.
Currently, the family is considering funding a third. That beneficiary will either be another Silver Lake Class of 2018 graduate or a member of the Middleboro 4H Club, a gardening and photography club that Kayleigh had grown fond of.
“Kayleigh was incredibly close to her family. ” Katie says. “Affectionately known as KK, she was a sweet child and was growing up to be a compassionate and caring adult.”
Katie is grateful for all the support they’ve received in connection with Kayleigh, who not only felt like a niece to her, but also like a little sister.
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A family story of Kayleigh from her Aunt Katie:
“My husband and I took Kayleigh to New York City in the summer of 2010 for some sightseeing. We went to the Statue of Liberty, Museum of Natural History, FAO Schwarz, Times Square, etc. Kayleigh was determined to see the statue of Balto in Central Park. She had read a book in school about the heroic dog and just had to see his statue. This was in the days before GPS on your phone was prevalent, so it took us quite a while to find it in Central Park. We finally found it and she was all smiles. I also imagine she was happy that we did something that she chose to do, which doesn’t often happen on vacation when you are 10 years old.”
Kayleigh’s scholarships are still collecting donations. You can help them reach their goal by donating to the YouCaring page here or by visiting any Rockland Trust branch and telling them you’d like to donate to the Kayleigh DesRosiers Memorial Scholarship.
All monies collected in excess of the goal go towards bolstering the scholarships.