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Youth Services Hero Michael Solazzo

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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2014

Michael Solazzo, a student at the Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, has devoted significant time and energy to establishing a Red Cross Club at his school, along with coordinating CPR/First Aid training for his fellow students with
the Red Cross and his school staff.

Working with staff from the Red Cross and the director of community service at Choate Rosemary Hall, Solazzo spent last summer preparing for the club's launch in the fall. His goal is to use the club as a vehicle to get students interested in "volunteering and developing skills like CPR and AED training offered by the Red Cross." Solazzo plans to organize an orientation on the American Red Cross for students at the school and is also planning to have a collection of toiletries to support the Totes of Hope program that provides personal care and comfort items to organizations that serve homeless veterans.

Solazzo is active in school and community service programs but says establishing this group takes his involvement to a new level. "It takes time to establish a club like this and I would like
to spend the remainder of my time at Choate working to make sure the Red Cross Club at Choate becomes a permanent part of the community service effort at the school," he said.

Solazzo is excited to be leading this effort. "I founded the Choate Red Cross Club because it
is something that I am interested in, and something that I believe in."

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