Webster Central School District

SparX Cited for Volunteerism

Everyone has that one individual in his or her life that seems to have a boundless energy for something. For the SparX robotics team, that person was Leon Cormier. 

SparX is a team of students from Webster Schroeder and Webster Thomas high schools that has competed in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) program since 2003.  Leon was a team mentor with a passion for helping others. Every SparX member eventually hears the story of how he rode his bike several miles in order to help a friend with yardwork.

Unfortunately, Leon passed away seven years ago, but his impact was not lost on the team. Every year, in his honor, the team of 40 teenagers gathers for a day to rake leaves for people in Webster who are unable to do so themselves. This year, SparX chose a neighborhood in West Webster, making an effort to pass on the enthusiasm that Leon had for helping others.

Their actions sparked a neighbor to write to WCSD Superintendent Carmen Gumina: "These young kids of the Webster Robotics Club came down our street today and cleaned up the leaves in the front and back yards of the people who really needed it.  The help is appreciated beyond words and I thought you should know about the good things they do in the community and give up their free time."

The team was ecstatic when they heard this and plan to do just as well, if not better, next year.


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