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improvement seminars and perform at least one a nurse practitioner, plans to continue serving as a
group community project every month. Participants volunteer, and to join the Chandler Service Club as an
also perform a mandatory “project priority,” either adult. Herman, who will attend college in San Diego
alone or in teams. after graduation, also plans to continue in the path of
“If you can think of a community need, a Flower the Flower Girls.
Girl has probably worked to help serve that need,” “I’ve always liked volunteering, and I have my
explains Quintana. “They have worked in the schools, parents to thank for that,” she says. “I think that being
in hospitals, hospice care, animal care. Flower Girls in Flower Girls has just been a reminder that I need to
have raised funds and collected books for African make time to do community service even when I feel
relief, medical relief. They have picked fruit for the like I’m very busy.”
food bank. The list can go on and on.” To learn more about the Chandler Service Club,
“I think my favorite part of the program is the visit www.chandlerserviceclub.org.
volunteering aspect,” says Flower Girl Jenna Herman,
who heard about the invitation-only program from
Kelli Lang lives in Sun Groves with her husband and their three
friends at Chandler High.
college students. To contact her, email kmlang@SanTanSun.com
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Herman, along with best friends Jessica Garcia and
MED HELP: Lauren Knudson, a senior at Hamilton High School and
Sabrina Collins, joined forces on a project priority that a Chandler Service Club Flower Girl, volunteered in pharmacies in
strikes close to home.
Mexico after helping to distribute medicines there.
“My cousin, Kyle, has Duchenne muscular
dystrophy,” Herman explains. “We wanted to do when she and pilots from LIGA International, the
something to help Kyle, so we planned monthly Flying Doctors of Mercy, delivered $5,000 worth of
activities for Kyle and two of his friends who also have over-the-counter medications to three community
DMD.” clinics in Sinaloa, Mexico. Knudson gathered the
Red is the new black?
Herman and her fellow Flower Girls assist the boys donations with the help of her church, King of Glory
with seasonal projects such as pumpkin carving and Lutheran, and she and her father made kits of the
Christmas cookies, and deliver half of what they make collected medications, labeling the boxes for the pilots
Personal or business fi nances in the red? With
to a local assisted living center. and pharmacists.
bankruptcies up 82 percent across the state, red
“We feel this will help give the boys something to “We made 19 kits,” she recalls. “It took LIGA pilots may very well be the new black. If you or your
look forward to, give their parents some free time two trips and fi ve airplanes to get all the donations
business is in bankruptcy, and you’d like to share
and teach the boys the importance of community down to the clinics. I was given the opportunity to
the challenges and triumphs of your experience,
service,” explains Herman, adding that her team will travel to all three clinics and personally deliver the
please email SusanH@SanTanSun.com. Due to
also participate in this year’s Muscular Dystrophy kits, and help out in the pharmacies, giving out the
the sensitive nature of this story, names may be
Association walk-a-thon. medications to the sick.”
changed if desired.
Flower Girl and Hamilton High senior Lauren Knudson, who is currently finishing her
Knudson recently completed her own project priority prerequisites for nursing school and hopes to become
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