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It was a year ago that I found myself at Chabad's program for children with special needs for the first time.  As an elementary education student at Oakland University I was required to fulfill a 70-hour requirement of working with children.  I had the option of volunteering or working, but I chose to volunteer.  I called my mom and asked her about this program where I knew she had volunteered.  She made a call and then called me back.  She said, “Here’s the number of a girl named Leah, she’ll be able to help you out.”

I called Leah and arranged for my first activity.  I learned something from those kids that no professor could have ever taught me, and that was love.  Ever since that short trip I have volunteered as often as I can.  With my demanding school and work schedule it can be quite difficult to get over there, but every time I go I feel as though nothing else matters. 

Every time I see the wonderful smiling faces of the staff, I am reminded that a very special place exists, with very special people.

Michelle Markzon

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