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Cheektowaga

The athletic director and physical education teacher at Mary Queen of Angels Catholic School is the recipient of the 2014 Sister Lucille Socciarelli/Father John Sturm “Making A Difference” award, to be presented this week.

Michael Wojcicki will be honored during the annual “Making a Difference” dinner – the largest annual fundraiser for Catholic education by The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo – scheduled for Thursday in the Buffalo Convention Center.

The award, presented each year to a local Catholic school teacher, was established by the late Tim Russert, a Buffalo native who was the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for NBC and moderator of “Meet the Press.” He named the award after the elementary and high school teachers that he credited as having a positive impact on his early education.

Recipients of the award are nominated by their school’s principal, and cited as an example of a Catholic school teacher who touches the hearts of students, parents and the school community.

Wojcicki has taught in Catholic Schools since 1982 and has been at Mary Queen of Angels for 23 years. He oversees all the athletic programs, recruits volunteer coaches and coordinates fundraising for the sports teams.

He, his wife and two children live in Depew, where they attend St. Martha Parish.

Also at Thursday’s dinner, Bishop Emeritus Edward U. Kmiec will be recognized for his work in the diocese, which included restructuring its parishes and schools, and New York State Regent Robert M. Bennett will be recognized for his long-time support of Catholic education.

Also this week:

• A Town Board work session is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room of the council office in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• The monthly meeting of Bellevue Fire District No. 9 will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in Bellevue Fire Hall, 511 Como Park Blvd. The public is invited.

• Snowshoes and cross-country skis will be available to rent, weather permitting, next Sunday afternoon at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve at 93 Honorine Drive. Cash-only rentals are $5 for the public or $2 for members of Friends of Reinstein and are offered between 1 and 4:30 p.m.