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Cummer Volunteer is Student of the Week

4:50 PM, Jan 24, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Our Student of the Week is in 11th grade at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, but has been volunteering at the Cummer Museum since she was a child.

In a room at the museum, 17-year-old Micaela Yates sits among a group of women. They are the Women of Vision, and they come here once a month to make art and share stories of their lives. 

All of the women are either blind or are going blind. Micaela is their eyes and she helps them create art. "(She's) someone who is cheerful and enjoys being with people who are handicapped and she is a very courteous and loving person," said Renetta Dendor.

All the women feel close to her. Micaela has been volunteering here since she was 5 years old. "She volunteers with a lot of programs here. She's a Junior Docent. She leads tours for the general public. She helps children with disabilities," said Cummer director Hope McMath.

Micaela does it because it's something she loves. "They're like all my grandmothers I guess. I've known them for so long and they are really great people. It's fun helping them out."

Micaela is busy at school making great grades and looking ahead to college, but she still feels the importance of giving back.

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