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Local students give — and get — a dose of sunshine

Bay Path students reminisce on 'eye opening' experience

Bay Path Health Tech instructors Deborah Slavinskas and Paula Lonergan, center, recently volunteered at Camp Sunshine in Maine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, with a group of their students. Amanda Collins. (click for larger version)
November 15, 2011
CHARLTON — Around this time of year, when we're all making note of what we're thankful for, some area students are feeling particularly blessed.

After working as volunteers at Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Maine for children facing life-threatening illnesses and their families, Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School Health Tech students said they are looking at life a little differently.

"We get so caught up in our lives, but when you go there and see what some of them are going through, and to see that they're still living their life — it opens up your eyes," said Kiana McDonald, a junior. She and eight of her classmates recently returned from a three-night stay at Camp Sunshine, where they worked with sick kids and their families, helping them to escape the reality of illness, at least for a few days.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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