By Amy Silverman
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For the past six years, Wilson has provided new Christmas presents for kindergarten through third graders from corporate sponsors and parties, and trips to the movies and dances for fourth through eighth graders. Wilson has a foundation that raises money and procures scholarships for graduating students so they may attend college. Wilson also has girls' volleyball, softball, girls' and boys' basketball, cheerleading, Mexican folklorico dancing, student council, band, chorus, family math, ESL classes, adult literacy, a high-tech lab and Internet classes.
Even with all these programs, Dr. Jane Juliano added one more when she hired Keith Ballard with his steel drums. Ballard claims he really wants to help inner-city kids, but the people who honestly do help and care about these children are the unsung heroes who have put aside pettiness and maintained their professionalism and focus on this community.