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Unsung Hero #21

Laura Blair’s official job at Staples High School is running the copy machine. It keeps her busy. Scores of teachers — plus administrators, coaches, paraprofessionals, nurses, you name it — have constant copying needs.

But Laura does much, much more.

She’s the schools unofficial #1 cheerleader. Soccer, football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse — she’s at nearly every game and meet.

Nearly always, she bakes brownies for the athletes. If it’s Senior Day, she decorates cupcakes with players’ numbers. If it’s cold, she delivers blankets to the boys and girls on the bench.

Laura Blair, with her brownies.

Whatever goes on at Staples, Laura is all in. On Blue and White Day, she dresses from head to toe. She celebrates every holiday. When a team holds a car wash, she drives over.

She has a smile for everyone, and an upbeat word for all.

This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Laura and Staples school counselor Tom Brown dressed all in pink.

Yet Staples is just one of Laura’s jobs. For many years she’s taken care of a woman with severe disabilities. Laura drives her, cooks for her, pushes her wheelchair and carries her everywhere.

In what little spare time she has, Laura helps STAR. She’s particularly proud of being a top fundraiser every year, at their May Sherwood Island Walk/5K/Run and Roll.

Laura is proud to be known as the “Copy Lady” and “Brownie Lady.”

We hope she’s equally proud to be this week’s “Unsung Hero.”

(Do you know an Unsung Hero? Nominate him or her by email: dwoog@optonline.net)

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