Under the supervision of special education teacher Lori Cordasco and Heather McCormick, head of the school’s Law Academy, the Good Samaritans trekked from their school on Batchelder Street, between Brown and Coyle streets, to the shelter on Emmons Avenue off Coyle Street, where they jumpstarted the cheer with an egg-citing afternoon of frolics; among them, a festive ferret for oval beauties filled with treats provided with donations from the school community.
“It makes me feel very special because I’ve done something for others,” said 13-year-old Spencer, adding, “It makes me feel good to see the joy and the happiness in the kids’ faces.”
The trip was part of an ongoing campaign to “adopt the shelter,” said Cordasco, who says she came up with the idea in order to help her Special Ed students give back to their community.
In the past year, her young charges have helped organize toy and clothing drives at the shelter, and plan to host a field day in May at the Kings Bay ball fields near their school.
Helping the shelter children has made such a difference in her students’ lives, says Cordasco, that they have pledged to return every couple of months “to do things for kids who have nothing.”