Senior greets visitors with a little help from family
Shrewsbury – Visitors to Sherwood Middle School will now have a personal guide inside the school now that the Senior Greeters program has resumed for the year.
Volunteers from Shrewsbury's older community are on hand to check visitors in and help them get where they need to be. And while other Shrewsbury schools have similar programs, greeter Joseph DiLello said there's no other school he'd rather volunteer at than Sherwood Middle, where, not at all coincidently, his granddaughter is a student.
"I have the time and I like to help out, and she asked me to be here, so I'm here," DiLello said.
A member of the Life Skills Special Education program, sixthgrade student Hayley Smith can often be found sitting next to her "NoNoo" at the greeting desk during school hours.
Hayley's Applied Behavior Analysis Technician Lynne Giguere said helping at the Senior Greeter desk for a little while during the day provides her with the positive social interaction she needs while allowing her to spend time with NoNoo.
Aside from working the greeter desk together, DiLello and Hayley are also able to sit down and have lunch together every time he's at the school.
For DiLello, his time volunteering at the school is all about the chance to spend time with Hayley.
"I just want to be with her," he said. "She's my little princess."
DiLello was a greeter at Shrewsbury High School before moving to Sherwood, and said he plans to travel with Hayley from school to school as long as he's able.
"It's a pleasure to do it and I'll do it as long as I can," he said. "I think it's just a good help to the school in many ways and they know they have someone they can depend on to help."
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