"Sherri quickly educated us on how to treat the patients with the animals," said Claire Marquis
, sponsor of the club.
said they visited almost every patient in the home and it was evident the children enjoyed themselves.
...Students, ages 13-18, make up the Community Service Club, which was organized in 1996 by Claire Marquis, Secretary at Bayou Academy.
They began with only 20 members and presently consist of over 50.
"Over the years, I have watched the students turn into wonderful, caring young men and women," said Marquis
The volunteers have done a number of charitable projects including mentoring students of different schools throughout Cleveland, according to Marquis
.They also have made crafts with patients at nursing homes, hosted clothing drives for the Cleveland area child welfare office and "adopted" children through the Department of Human Services
"Through the fostering program, the students 'adopted' a total of 45 children," said Marquis
."They donated their time as well as provided Christmas presents for those needy children."
They have recently begun a new program, called the "Guardian Angels."In this portion of the club, students visit terminally ill patients and bring them an angel pin.Marquis
says they want the patients to know someone is caring and praying for them.
"It has been a joy to work with this club, and I believe what we do has really made a big difference in the community of Cleveland," Marquis
said."Being able to watch the patients light up when we do crafts, bring animals or just spend a few minutes talking about the past warms my heart."
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