Harrison High grad models community service

Rosie Burns-Pavlik, a recent graduate of Harrison High School, can teach us a thing or two about community service.

Rosie Burns-Pavlik
Rosie Burns-Pavlik (photo by Lesa Ferencz)

Community service has always been a part of Rosie’s life, whether it was through her church, school, the library, or her family. Giving back has always been a common thread.

Rosie’s work with Freedom House began with, in her words: “a seemingly insignificant event…babysitting twins.” She did that every other week for a year, so that their mother could attend classes on how to assimilate into western culture.

In school, one of her International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme classes required orchestrating a community impact event. Rosie combined her passion for community service with her love of music with Orchestrating for Freedom, a concert that raised more than $3,3,00 for Freedom House Detroit. A second concert raised more than $2,100.

In all, Rosie has raised approximately $6,000 for Freedom House Detroit, in addition to $2,000 raise through a donation jar at Sunflour Bakehaus, a downtown Farmington business owned by her parents.

Rosie also was a cellist for the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony from 2012-2019, a member of the “Students Advocating for Gender Awareness” and the “Diversity Committee” at HHS. This fall, she plans to study theater and stage management at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati.

Rosie hopes to inspire others to recognize that your actions can have an impact and can create a ripple effect that can do more good in the world.

“Freedom House has taught me to not only think of myself, but of others,” stated Rosie. “I have learned to trust in my own abilities. Even young people can make a difference. The Freedom House has shown me that a seemingly insignificant event like babysitting twins for an evening, can lead to one of the largest changes in someone’s life.”

Freedom House Detroit is a temporary home for indigent survivors of persecution from around the world who are seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. Their mission is to uphold a fundamental American principle, one inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty, providing safety for those “yearning to breathe free.” To learn more about Freedom House Detroit, visit freedomhousedetroit.org.

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