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East Union High senior spends time with elderly

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POSTED December 26, 2008 12:15 a.m.
Since August, Jennifer Campos spends several days a week helping the elderly residing in Commons at Union Ranch, an independent, assisted living, and memory care community.
It’s part of the East Union High’s senior project.
“I wanted to work in community service,” said Campos on Tuesday. “I like helping people.”
In that time, she not only became quite acquainted with the residents but was made an assistant to activity director Verna Rollet.
Campos, who is the daughter of Lisa and Greg Spears, wanted to do something special for the residents during the holidays.
“I know it can be really lonely for some during this time of year,” she said, recalling that her late great grandmother had lived in a similar-type facility.
Last Saturday, Campos organized a Christmas party for those residing at the Commons, bringing along the East Union choir and members of the Lancers varsity cheer squad.
As one of the cheerleaders, she had no problems bringing in the latter.
Campos and her fellow cheerleaders performed for the elderly while the choir sang Christmas carols.
The group also helped over 15 seniors decorate Christmas cookies while providing them with good company.
As an assistant activities director, Campos helps organize various types events.
“But (the Christmas party) went above and beyond her duty,” said her mother, Lisa. “In doing so, I think she brought plenty of joy to people.”
Added Jennifer Campos. “I like seeing the smiles on their faces,” she said.
Campos was recently accepted to California State University, Fresno. She also applied at other colleges, with hopes of pursuing a degree in psychology.
In addition to her senior project, Campos served as a volunteer at last week’s Ray of Hope Christmas dinner and was a Give Every Child A Chance tutor.
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