From soccer to the PTA, Tesoriero is a busy man

NEIGHBORS

September 07, 2001|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THERE'S A saying that if you want something done, you should ask a busy person. The idea is that such a person manages time better than anyone else. This is the case with Hammond Hills resident Frank Tesoriero.

Seven years ago, when Tesoriero enrolled his son Paul, then 5 years old, in a soccer program, there were not enough coaches to go around. While Tesoriero had never played soccer (he's more the football type), he figured he could teach a passel of preschoolers the basics.

Using videos and books, Tesoriero managed to learn enough to be a teacher at soccer clinics for 5-year-olds. One year's coaching for the Soccer Association of Columbia led to another - and another.

"They just kept asking," Tesoriero said. Seven years later, he teaches B-level soccer to boys and girls teams. He is coaching his daughter Genna's team. She also began taking soccer clinics when she was 5 years old, five years ago. Tesoriero no longer coaches his son Paul, who plays on an A-level team.

"There's people with more knowledge of the game," Tesoriero said. "I taught [the children] everything I knew. They had to progress. I guess they sort of graduated."

Ever organized, Tesoriero likes to coach his team Thursday nights, so his young players will remember their new skills at the Saturday games. Skills taught on a Tuesday might be forgotten by the weekend, he said.

Tesoriero coaches at Hammond Elementary School because he spends a great deal of time there. For the second year in a row, he has been elected Parent-Teacher Association president at the school. As with soccer coaching, Tesoriero grew into the PTA job from a smaller commitment when his children were kindergartners. One committee membership led to another.

Tesoriero credits the strong volunteer group at the school with making the PTA effective.

"I delegate a little bit - a lot," Tesoriero said. First Vice President Shirley Murdock coordinates the volunteers and makes sure all the committee chairs are filled, he said.

"We're real pro-volunteer in the classroom," Tesoriero said "We are real fortunate to have a lot of volunteers. We are allowed to do a lot."

Among the PTA's tentative plans is a series of evening activities for parents, including sessions on how to pay for college and how to help children study better.

Goodbye

We bid goodbye to Jake Croston, who retired for the second time Aug. 31 at age 79. Long retired from long-distance trucking, Croston had run Pop's General Store in Savage for two decades. Before the advent of Wawa's and later Seven Star, Pop's store was the only place in town to get bacon, milk and eggs.

According to his daughter, Beverly Mullins, when Wawa's opened, Pop's became more of a candy and coffee shop. For 20 years, Pop's was open 11 hours a day, six days a week.

Croston's wife, Alma, helped at the store from time to time. After retiring as a cashier for Giant Food, she became an aide on a school bus for children with special needs. Three years ago, Alma retired from that position.

Jake and Alma Croston sold newspapers, coffee, ice cream and nickel candy to two generations of schoolchildren and their parents. Now they are taking a well-earned vacation in Ocean City. They and their old-fashioned store will be sorely missed.

Kids crusade

The Bethel Assembly of God vacation Bible school had a great turnout this summer. More than 150 children participated in the three-day evening religious education session, held July 17 to 19.

The children had a great time. There were contests, lectures, storytelling and opportunities to serve. The children raised more than $300 for Africa's Children at Risk, an Assembly of God mission to African children who have been affected by the AIDS epidemic.

This Kids Krusade program would not have been possible without the efforts of volunteers Joy Hemler, Timmy Harvey, Katie Baxley, Derek Roberts, Johanna Henningsen, Sarah Hemler and Paul Hemler.

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