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2018-05-23 / Sports

Tonawanda Aquettes give back to community


Madison Wall with Tonawanda Aquette team members Natalie Lesinski and Grace Melber deliver items to the Buffalo City Mission. Madison Wall with Tonawanda Aquette team members Natalie Lesinski and Grace Melber deliver items to the Buffalo City Mission. The Tonawanda Aquettes synchronized swim team has a long legacy of giving back to the local community. Every year the Aquettes log in many hours on volunteer projects that benefit people in the surrounding community. This year the team has created four major service projects. The first was completed in November 2017, when the team helped the Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels program. For this project, the girls created handmade Christmas cards. The cards were included in the meals delivered to those in need at the holidays.

In January, Aquette Sydney McClaren chaired the second community service project. McClaren selected the Erie County SPCA as the focus of this project. The Erie County SPCA cares for thousands of animals every year and runs exclusively on donations. McClaren planned for the entire team to meet and create dog toys and blankets using fleece fabric.

All the finished items were delivered to the shelter to be used for the dogs and cats that are fostered there. Mc- Claren is a junior at Clarence High School and is in her ninth year as an Aquette.

In March, Aquette senior Madison Wall chaired the third project. Wall selected the Buffalo City Mission as the recipient. The Buffalo City Mission provides both shelter and meals to the needy in Western New York.

She created an underwear drive to collect needed items for the shelter. She also organized the team in baking and decorating cupcakes that were delivered to the shelter as part of its meals program. Wall is a Senior at Mount St Mary Academy and is in her seventh year as an Aquette. She will be continuing her education in the fall at Gannon University and plans to study Nursing.

The final volunteer project was chaired by Claire Ermer. She selected Compass House as the recipient of a team donation drive. All Aquette athletes were encouraged to collect donations of food, household items, personal care items and books. The swimmers also made laminated book marks for all of the donated books.

The team collected two car loads of items that were delivered to the Compass House shelter. Compass House provides a safe shelter and important services to runaway, homeless and at-risk kids. Ermer is a junior at Tonawanda High School and is in her eighth season as an Aquette.

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