THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FriDAy, MAy 19, 2023 Page 9 WiN Waste innovations provides transportation for eighth-grade field trip to Boston (Editor’s Note: WIN Waste An $8,500 donation S Innovations issued the following press release this week.) augus Middle School eigh th- g r aders will be staying local for their annual field trip this year, with an action-packed schedule of events in Boston keeping them busy for three days in June. One of the biggest expenses associated with the field trip is transportation, and the school is getting a big assist from WIN Waste Innovations in the form of an $8,500 donation that will cover the cost of bus transportation for the three days. “We greatly appreciate WIN Waste’s generosity,” said Saugus Middle-High School associate principal Myra Monto. “Our goal was to raise enough to take care of all the transportation, which lowers the cost of the trip for each student.” Among the attractions the eighth-graders wi ll tour are: Freedom Trail, Old Ironsides, Bunker Hill Monument, Fenway Park, New England Aquarium, Museum of Science and Boston Duck Tours. “We are pleased to help these students experience all that Boston has to offer,” said Mary Urban, WIN Waste Innovations Director of Communications, Community Engagement & Marketing. “We value our partnership with Saugus schools as part of our commitment to being a good neighbor.” Looking forward to their field trip to Boston next month are these eighth-graders from Saugus Middle-High School. Saugus Middle-High School Principal Brendon Sullivan is in the third row at the far left. Next to him is Mary Urban, WIN Waste Innovations Director of Communications, Community Engagement & Marketing. (Courtesy photo to The Saugus Advocate) ADVOCATE ASKS | FROM PAGE 8 I ran the fundraisers for Ronald McDonald House. We raised $57,000 the first year and $62,000 the second year. This was for the Ronald McDonald Run 2001 and 2002. After I got injured, I only worked in the courthouse. I volunteered at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington every Monday – at the information desk in the East Lobby at the Lahey. On Wednesday, I volunteered at the Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge, and I visited the patients as a peer mentor. I visited the spinal cord patients. Q: What’s a peer mentor? A: I try to give hope to the newly injured spinal cord injury patients and let them know that there’s life after injury. Q: What else do you do? A: I also support the Saugus Senior Center. I think it’s a wonderful place. I think it’s the best. Q: After your injury, how long did it take for you to get back to the world? A: I spent a month at Mass General Hospital. And then I spent four and a half months at Spaulding Rehab before I got to come home to Saugus. From Spaulding Rehab, I went to on Stevens Pond. The apartment was handicapped-accessible and I spent five years there. I had to put an extension on my house: a bedroom and a bathroom and a new porch. And I had to put a ramp onto the house to make it all accessible. I moved back into my house in 2011. Q: And what’s that like now? A: In order to live at home, I have personal care attendants that have to be there most hours. I don’t have 24-hour coverage yet, but I am working on that. So, I think I’m doing okay. Q: How do you manage to get by at home? A: At home, I have a voice-activated computer and a voice-activated phone. I’m lucky I’m still here. God does not want me yet, so I’m still here for a reason. Everybody has their own plans, but ADVOCATE ASKS| SEE PAGE 10 J& • Reliable Mowing Service • Spring & Fall Cleanups • Mulch & Edging • Sod or Seed Lawns • Shrub Planting & Trimming • Water & Sewer Repairs Joe Pierotti, Jr. S LANDSCAPE & MASONRY CO. Masonry - Asphalt • Brick or Block Steps • Brick or Block Walls • Concrete or Brick Paver Patios & Walkways • Brick Re-Pointing • Asphalt Paving www.JandSlandscape-masonry.com • Senior Discount • Free Estimates • Licensed & Insured 617-389-1490 Designing and Constructing Ideas that are “Grounds for Success” Landscaping

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