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December 20, 2012

Student athletes doing good deeds

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The end of fall has seen a shift in the program.

“We did a food drive at Thanksgiving,” Wolfe said. “It really drove the point home for them, because the first couple of days we had empty carts. I was the only one who had put something in the cart. By the end of the drive, we had filled up three carts.”

On Monday, the group visited Otsego Manor to sing carols. Noto took the lead, guiding her classmates around the halls and looking for Fran Niles, the mother of her basketball coach, Mike Niles.

“Hi, Mrs. Niles,” Noto said as they found her in a community cafeteria area. “Your son is my coach and teacher. We wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and sing you a song.”

After the songs ended, Noto pointed the group down the next hallway as another teammate sent their coach a text to tell him they had seen his mom. Wolfe beams in the background.

“Christina, she’s really taking the lead tonight, isn’t she? The great thing for me,” Wolfe added, “is being new here, this has been a great way for me to get to know the students.”

Wolfe said she has more projects planned for the group in 2013, and hopes to expand it out to other community services.

“I want everyone to know if they have service ideas or need help with a project to contact me,” she said. “We would love to help.”

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