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Corey Klein

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Corey Klein’s mother, Shelley, can see the positive effects of her son’s summer volunteer job as a junior counselor at Easter Seals Explorer Camp.  He walks taller and there’s pride in his eyes when he shares his camp experiences with his family.

What Shelley can’t see is the profound effect her kind and caring 17-year-old son had on the campers, many of whom like Corey have autism.  For them he was a friend and a fine role model who understood their needs and their fears on a personal level.

By volunteering at camp, the Auburn resident was giving back what he had gained from being an Explorer camper.  But Corey’s determination to help continued long after camp ended.

He spoke at an Easter Seals board meeting, met with state legislators and was an Easter Seals ambassador at a Friendly’s Ice Cream Scoop-Off.  Autism can make communication difficult, so these were major achievements for Corey. 

In a letter, Shelley outlined her thoughts on what Corey has gained from his association with Easter Seals and why.
 
“. . . . Corey has been shown kindness, compassion and opportunity time and time again from the Easter Seals and Explorer Camp staff,” she said.  “There is no doubt that Corey’s altruistic tendencies have been strengthened by the many wonderful people that he has encountered.  Thank you for your consistent services, hard work and your tireless efforts to improve the lives of others.”

Corey's Worcester Telegram & Gazette article

 

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