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Tess’ Toys For Tots

Tess Gordon is a Westport girl with language-based learning disabilities. She attends Eagle Hill School in Southport.

Tess has learned that when her body works best, her mind works best — and she is better able to learn. So she works out regularly at Southport Athletic Club, with trainer Sean O’Connor.

Tess wanted to share her passion for exercise with her friends. So she organized a gym party to celebrate her 12th birthday — today.

Because Tess realizes how lucky she is to be at Eagle Hill (where she gets the help she needs to learn) and to attend Southport Athletic Club (where she gets the help so her body can be its best), she decided to “pay it forward.” She asked guests to bring new, unwrapped toys for donation to Toys for Tots, instead of presents for herself.

Happy birthday, Tess. And may your story inspire many more Westporters to pay it forward too!

Tess Gordon and her trainer, Sean O’Connor.

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