It's a wrap for student volunteers

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - For three years, one student volunteer has been ready to lend a helping hand or an extra bow to your holiday shopping haul.

Gaetan Simard (left) stands with Rezeile Fracassi.

Rezeile Fracassi, 17, has been doing her volunteering hours for school with Club Optimiste wrapping gifts for donations at the Cornwall Square.

"It's a lot of fun. You get the Christmas rush and hear great stories about the meaning of the gifts," said Fracassi, a student at Ecole Secondaire Publique L'heritage.

For 16 years, the club has been offering the festive service at the mall in exchange for a friendly donation that also benefits Club Octagon - the junior arm of the club.

This year, donations will go towards local school bursaries and supporting the Children's Treatment Centre and CHEO.

Over 100 students between grades nine and 12 will volunteer 40 hours each throughout December.

"Wrapping gifts is fun once you get the hang of it," she laughed.

Gaetan Simard, Club Optmiste director/Club Octagon advisor, said all of the gift wrapping supplies were supplied by mall merchants.

"We expect to raise almost $6,000," said Simard. "The students have been great."

Organizations: Club Octagon, Club Optimiste, Treatment Centre Club Optmiste

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