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The 'stars' come out

Attention, students. If you haven't fulfilled your volunteer requirement this year or are looking for a future position, read on.

Every year the Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped (SABAH) allows children and adults with special needs to do what appears to be the impossible. With the help of around 400 volunteers, approximately 650 skaters, or "stars," learn to skate and get the chance to perform in HSBC Arena.

"It's a great program for the skaters with disabilities and it makes a big difference in their lives," says Sheila O'Brien, executive director. "It's really a thrill to be on the ice at HSBC Arena."

The organization has benefited people with all sorts of disabilities for 29 years. This year's show is, "SABAH and the Buffalo Sabres Rock the Arena". It takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7, either presale or at the door.

Call the SABAH office if you are interested in volunteering next year. The organization is also accepting volunteers on the day of the show. They are looking for teens, ages 15 and up unless you're accompanied by an adult. For example, they appreciate Girl Scout troops if their leaders and parents accompany them. On the day of the show, volunteers will be needed as ushers, to sell programs, collect tickets, work backstage and help with makeup.

Anna Haumesser, 16, from Amherst High School enjoys her experience as a SABAH volunteer. She said, "I have volunteered for six years and I have loved every minute of it. Walking in and seeing everyone smiling really makes you feel good about yourself. I think knowing you've helped someone is a greater feeling than anything else in the world."

Call the SABAH office at 625-7222 for more information.

Arielle Januszkiewicz is a junior at Amherst Central.

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