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Issue: "Heresy trials," Aug. 18, 2001
  • After noticing that nursing home residents respond best to stimuli that activate the five senses, 16-year-old Louisiana student Andrew Dunckelman founded "Sense"ible Service-a charity that relies on 60 student volunteers to help some 700 elderly patients. The students enlist high-school bands to host "Musical Melody" days and bring animals for residents to touch. They also have distributed 1,000 donated eyeglasses to five nursing homes.
  • In memory of his deceased brother Kyle, who suffered from cerebral palsy, 13-year-old Michael Kay of Illinois founded the "Share a Friend Foundation"-a program that provides companions for handicapped children. Michael began the program two years ago after recruiting 84 companions. The volunteers visit 61 handicapped residents at 10 Illinois group homes: They deliver balloons and plan monthly outings, including picnics and bowling nights.
  • After watching high-school cafeteria workers throw away tons of unused food each week, 18-year-old Peter Hastings asked administrators at the Hampden Academy in Maine if he could donate the surplus to a local homeless shelter. He then organized a delivery schedule and recruited neighborhood drivers who deliver boxes of food to the shelter each Friday.

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