Phillies pitcher Seth Rosin returned to his high school this offseason to volunteer in the school's special-education department. He spent four days a week at Mounds View High in Arden Hills, Minn., from October to January.

He helped out any way he could. He assisted with schoolwork and helped students move from class to class. The department does not have a big staff, Rosin said, so any bit helps. He did the same work when he was a student there.

"I've always been interested in it. The special-needs students seem to be so happy. It's good to be around them. They taught me more than I ever taught them."

Rosin started last season in the majors with the Texas Rangers. He returned to the Phillies and spent most of the season at triple-A Lehigh Valley. He began the spring in minor-league camp and was promoted to big-league camp last week.

"I got so much out of it, just how much gratitude they have for life," Rosin said of his volunteer work. "They always have a smile on their face, never a bad attitude. It's something that we should all take from them - just having that good attitude."