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PMSA Senior Finds Quiet Place to Volunteer

December 14, 2012 03:45 PM
Forest Park, IL...Finney Sunkesula said he wanted to serve at a place that was familiar and comfortable.

For the Proviso Math and Science Academy senior from Forest Park, that turned out to be the Forest Park Public Library, a place at which he said he spends a lot of time.

"Every time I went to the library, I found a sense of home," Sunkesula, 17, said of his work as an adult services computer aide. "I felt that was the most comforting place to volunteer."

Sunkesula said that in April, he was looking for a place at which to volunteer his time and skills to help fulfill the 144-hour community service requirement of students at Proviso Math and Science Academy. Noticing a posting for an adult services computer aide in the volunteer opportunities section on the Forest Park Public Library website, he said that the position was a nice fit because of the amount of time he already spends there and the usual peacefulness and calm at the library.

"It was a nice way to help out," he said.

In his job as an adult services computer aide, he helps patrons of the library with everything ranging from signing into their email and scanning library cards to scanning documents and working the copy machine.

Sunkesula said that he is particularly happy to help those who may not necessarily be skilled with a computer.

"I love the feeling of helping out," he said. "It feels good to help out."

Sunkesula said that although he has eased back the number of hours he volunteers at the library since October, he plans to spend more time there helping out after the end of the current semester.

After graduation this spring, he said that he plans to go to college and major in biology at a college to be determined, with the University of Chicago and Yale University among his possibilities. He said that he then plans to go on to medical school, possibly for neurology.


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