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Dragonflies for Stacy Event Benefits Domestic Violence Service Center

WILKES-BARRE, JUNE 11, 2014: The students of the Hazelton Area Academy of Sciences (STEM) in the Hazleton Area School District recently held a fundraiser to benefit the Domestic Violence Service Center (DVSC) in honor of Stacy Walton Marino. The group organized a week long event which included a presentation on Teen Dating Violence presented by Louise Keller, DVSC Volunteer/Education Coordinator, a Quiz Bowl and the sale of paper Dragonflies. Comprised of questions from the presentation, students were invited to participate in the Quiz Bowl for a five dollar entry or $25 per Team. All proceeds were donated to DVSC. Stacy was a teacher at Arthur Street Elementary, who was shot and killed by her estranged husband during a domestic violence dispute in November, 2012. Natalie Ryba, Stacy’s niece, wanted to honor the memory of her aunt and bring awareness to domestic violence and the effect it has on everyone. Natalie, a 9th grade student at the Academy of Sciences, said, “Everyone who knew my Aunt truly loved her. She was kind, always had a smile to share and she was a great teacher. Stacy also loved dragonflies. We created paper dragonflies and sold them for one dollar. For each dragonfly purchase students would receive a point toward the Quiz Bowl.” The dragonfly cutouts were displayed around the school. Some students wrote a message on them others just signed their name and some were left blank. “Donating the money we raised to Domestic Violence Service Center was our way to help victims of domestic violence and to bring awareness against teen dating violence with the students,” said Ryba. "Natalie has done an amazing job putting together this event at her school. She showed tremendous courage sharing her Aunt's story with the students, how it had impacted her life and why she is now working so hard to raise awareness of domestic violence and teen dating violence. I have no doubt that Stacey would have been very proud of her,” said Louise Keller. The Domestic Violence Service Center is a private, non-profit organization serving Luzerne and Carbon Counties, whose purpose is to work toward the elimination of domestic violence. Since 1976, the Domestic Violence Service Center has been providing supportive services to victims and survivors of domestic violence. DVSC is a member agency of United Way of Wyoming of Valley and Greater Hazleton, Inc. For more information on the Domestic Violence Service Center or to learn how you can help to stop the cycle of abuse, please visit or call 1-800-424-5600.