New York City students get shoes thanks to Ti cyclist

TICONDEROGA Students in the Boys Hope Girls Hope program in Staten Island have new shoes thanks to a Ticonderoga cyclist. Joelle Stonitsch rode her bicycle from Ticonderoga to Watervliet last fall, covering 100 miles as she raised money for YES!Solutions, a grass-roots neighbor-to-neighbor service organization based in New York City. Family members called it the Tour de Joelle. She was complaining that she missed me, so I told her to get on her bike and cmon down, Jessica Dillon, Joelles sister who lives in the Albany area, said of the ride. Ill bet you $100 and the Worlds Best Aunt title that you know is really mine, Dillon taunted Stonitsch, playing off their 3-year old nephew Owens attachment to the two sisters. Joelle and Jessica developed sponsors for the 100-mile ride and donated the proceeds to YES!Solutions. At 10-20-30 cents per mile, Tour de Joelle sponsors helped pay for shoes for children in the Boys Hope Girls Hope program in Staten Island. The shoes were recently delivered. Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college. Its is a residential scholarship program for academically capable and motivated children-in-need. Since 1991, 100 percent of its scholars have graduated high school and have gone onto college. Joelle, a student at North Country Community College, hopes to make the ride an annual event. The Tour de Joelle is just the latest service project for the Stonitsch family. Family members have volunteered their efforts in Haiti, Mississippi, New York City and closer to home where Joelle is a member of the Ticonderoga Fire Department.

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