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"Love In Action" project is more than a grade

By Tori Shaw
Published On: May 29 2013 05:12:52 PM CDT
Updated On: May 29 2013 05:19:19 PM CDT
RIVER BEND, CRAVEN COUNTY -

Tiffany lives at HRA Howell.  It's a center for the disabled and those with special needs.  Tiffany is making new friends with the seniors at The Epiphany School in New Bern.

There are 24 student volunteers participating in the "Love In Action" program.  It's the final project before graduation, and it's becoming more of a lifestyle instead of an assignment.

"I have come early in the morning to swim with the residents for the past week and a half," said one student volunteer, Layne Jenkins.

HRA Howell has swimming, art and crafts and once a year they host a prom.  Students from Epiphany created a photo booth which is designed specifically for the residents.

"We've designed it to hopefully shield most of the wheel chairs so it won't be as noticeable," said Bennett Brigeman.

"When they first come, they see people with a disability. but when they leave they see a person," said Jeannie Smith, Vocational Services Director for HRA Howell.

"Love In Action" is a senior project that will last lifetime.