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Volunteering Makes a Difference

Melissa DeAlmeida
Student Life Editor
November 7, 2011

Two students at Durfee High School are attempting to make big changes within the community and they are starting by volunteering. Seniors Richard Sanders and Stephanie Rodriguez received a Transporting Patients Volunteering Award for having completed 100 hours of community service at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River.
"It was a green and gold pin which said the number 100 on it; It also said Charlton Volunteering and it was really nice," said Sanders.

Award recipients Richard Sanders and Stephanie Rodriguez.
--Hilltop file photo

Although this was actually Sanders' third year of volunteering, he wasn't too happy about the way he completed his hours this year. "I used to volunteer on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and this year they switched it back to just Mondays and Wednesdays and I'm not too happy about that," said Sanders.

Rodriguez and Sanders volunteered every Monday and Wednesday for two hours.

The students also admit that they would definitely volunteer at the hospital again. "It's fun and we feel happy to be helping other people," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez and Sanders actually heard about volunteering from their Job Coach, Mr. Mike. "He told us about volunteering and we just decided to give it a try, and we loved it," said Sanders.

An example of one of their hospital jobs was transporting patients.

"We grabbed patients from a stretcher or room chair and transported them to another room or floor by the elevators."

Rodriguez and Sanders are setting a great example for other students here at Durfee.  They hope that their message will prompt others to make a difference and become involved with their community.