On November 4, 77 bleary-eyed teenagers and eight teachers woke at dawn and made their way to the cafeteria for some early morning grub: cereal, bagels, and coffee—sustenance to fuel them for a day of volunteering at the Massachusetts Special Olympics State Soccer Tournament at the Governor's Academy in Byfield. The students were assigned a particular team, and they spent the day with that team, cheering them on during games, getting lunches for them, and hanging out with them between games. The acted as buddies to the team members and helpers for the coaches. Each student was engaged, attentive, and responsible to their teams and coaches. A common sentiment was shared, "That was fun! Can't wait 'til next year."
"There is no other activity during the school year for which our students volunteer in such large numbers—not to mention the sacrifice of precious Sunday morning slumber," said Rev. Bill Ferguson, who organized the trip.