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06/24/05

Hometown Hero--Shea Newton

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Over the summer, a few very special teens are volunteering their time off to help others. LeShea Newton has been volunteering her time for children for years.

Every day during the summer you'll find her at Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club. She's been a member there since she was seven years old. As she got older, she became a volunteer.

From 9am to 5pm she works with the little ones, just hanging out playing games and being a good role model. From 5pm to 9pm, she works with other teens.

"I work with the older kids so I can kind of help them with their problems and I can also relate to them, just because they are closer to my age," she said. "And the younger kids also. I like playing games with them. I've worked at daycares, so I have experience. It gives me satisfaction. I enjoy volunteering."

Shea has won the Youth of the Year award for the past two years. She's president of the Keystone Club, a leadership organization for teens.

"She's been around the Boys and Girls Club for a number of years, and she's taken on some great leadership responsibilities and is considered one of the true inspirations here as far as kids giving back," said Vincent J. DelMonte, executive director of Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club.

"After me being member here for so long, I enjoy coming here," said Shea. "It's pretty much my second home and it gives me a chance to help kids out. I like working with kids and it also gives me a chance to meet other people and make new friends and things like that."

Over the years, thousands of kids have come through the program at Frank Callen. Many of whom have gone on to do great things in this community. It appears that Shea Newton will be among those destined to to do good things for her community. That's why she is this week's WTOC Hometown Hero.

If you'd like to nominate a Hometown Hero, you can drop us a line at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or email  rwallace@wtoc.com.

Reported by: Ron Wallace, rwallace@wtoc.com

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