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Whiz Kids: Newton Students Spread Holiday Cheer to Homeless Families

More than 100 Newton students helped homeless families get into the Christmas spirit at the annual Christmas in the City party.

Names: Kim Boucher is the President, and there are more than 100 students from the group who participated in the holiday event. 

Ages: 14-18

School: and High Schools, as well as some local private schools

Accomplishment: More than 100 Newton high school students joined other local volunteers at Christmas in the City, which is an annual holiday party for children and their families who are living in local homeless shelters. The event was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Dec. 16.

These Newton students are from the group called Athletes Serving the Community (ASC). They loaded over 3,000 presents into trucks and helped create a festive atmosphere by dressing up as cartoon characters and clowns. They helped the children get into the holiday spirit by dancing, making crafts, painting faces, and posing for pictures with them.

"Over the years ASC has grown to include not just athletes, but any student who is looking to give back to the community," said Kim Boucher, the current ASC president. "We are about making it easy and meaningful for young people to get involved." ASC currently has more than 500 members on Facebook, and is actively seeking more students who would like to get involved.

Key to Awesomeness: "It’s an amazing feeling to know you’re helping to make the holidays come alive for kids who are going through hard times," said Yoonchan Choi, a junior at Newton South who has volunteered for the past two years. "It makes you realize how lucky we are."


Nomination information provided by Yoonchan Choi.

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