CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — To say someone has a giving heart sounds trite. But that is truly what Chicopee High School senior Amanda Baltazar is about.
“It’s her demeanor. It’s her passion for helping others,” said Keith Poulin, Chicopee High School Guidance Counselor and senior class advisor. “There are two class advisors, Ms. Lesser and myself. And it’s been an ongoing thing for four years now, the two if us have been trying to keep up with her and all of her plans and activities.”
Many of the activities Baltazar has spearheaded during her four years as class president have been for charity. This includes organizing a food drive and founding a toy drive called Haley’s Project in honor of classmate, Haley Wroth.
“When she was younger, she was diagnosed with mitochondrial disorder and spent a lot of time in hospitals and she always thought it wasn’t very pleasant,” said Baltazar. “So, she wanted to make a difference and make it pleasant for children so their time would be happier.”
In just four years, Baltazar, Wroth and others have raised five thousand dollars in donations for Haley’s Project. It’s paid for countless toys, games and dvd’s for Shriner’s Hospital and Baystate Medical Center.
As for the future, Baltazar is inspired by something many kids have to deal with, braces.
“I never had good teeth,” said Baltazar. “So, when I got braces, I never used to smile. But now I smile all the time. So, that made a really big impact on me.”
So big of an impact that she plans on bringing smiles to the faces of people for the rest of her life as a dentist.