Brooke Honor

Monroe Township resident Brooke Craparotta, center with plaque, at the Sept. 4 township council meeting. She was recognized by the governing body for raising funds for a family who lost their home in a fire in August. 

MONROE – Brooke Craparotta witnessed a disaster when she saw her neighbor’s home burn down early last month.

While such an event can be traumatizing to anyone, especially an 11-year-old, Brooke decided to make a difference and in the process earned her Girl Scout Bronze Award.

At the Sept. 4 Monroe township council meeting, Brooke received a proclamation from the governing body for earning her scouting award and raising thousands of dollars for the Vetrivel family, which lost their home in the August fire.

In the aftermath of the fire, Brooke organized a spaghetti dinner fundraiser that raised $5,850 for the family, noted the township proclamation.

“We are all proud of her and all the volunteers that helped the Vetrivel family,” said SD at the meeting before presenting her an Outstanding Citizen plaque.

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Christopher Lang is a freelance correspondent for MonroeNow. Previously he was part of The Record-USA Today Network and served as an editor for a decade at NJMG.