CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Faith, values, academic excellence, service and leadership. These are the guiding principles at Holyoke Catholic High School. And in her quiet, but determined way, Kelsey Barton is showing the community outside the school what these principles are about.
“When we see a student go out and embody what Holyoke Catholic is teaching and bring their talent again out into the community and help others, that’s a great reflection on the school, but more importantly, it’s a great reflection on the student,” said Holyoke Catholic High School Guidance Counselor, Jessica Randall.
Barton gives her time to a number of charities. Last year, she raised money for the Brightside Angel Program. She also has volunteered for the March of Dimes.
A family she met inspired here to it. The organization helped that family get intensive hospital care for one baby born with a rare blood disorder and another born at 25 weeks.
“He had very low expectancy and his organs weren’t fully developed,” said Barton.” And he was put on March of Dimes and now he’s running around and a happy little kid. Just seeing those kids and what March of Dimes did for them, I just wanted to help in whatever way I could.”
And she helped in a big way. The school team she organized for the March of Dimes campaign last year raised the most of any team in Western Massachusetts.
Barton’s greatest inspiration by far was her grandmother who recently died,
“She worked with the Chicopee Visiting Nurses so she cared for all different sorts of people and she did it because she loved it. She was a very selfless person and very inspiring,” said Barton.
These are the same words people use to describe Barton now. Her grandmother would certainly be proud.