Willamette University
Salem, Oregon

Poetry for Life Club (PFL-WU)

The Willamette university newspaper wrote, “Willamette University women's lacrosse player Katie Luis (Sr./Fr., D, Bend, OR/Summit HS), who previously worked as a nursing assistant at a nursing home, was looking for a way to help senior citizens  in Salem, especially those with dementia or Alzheimer's. She came up with an idea, started planning, and created the Poetry For Life Club at Willamette.

Once Luis thought of starting the club, she needed to find additional members to maximize its potential. She found four other Willamette students who were willing to help create the new club. Current members in addition to Luis are Hope Duenas from the Willamette women's track and field team, plus Katie Ortega, Daniel Smith and Korie Rowell.

Although the club was only recently formed, Luis was able to report that "I have a few other students who are interested in joining already." Luis also said that she was hoping even more students would become members of the group. "We have only gone to Redwood Heights one time. I think for now it is important to focus on this one location since we were so well received, and if we have enough interest and participants in the club, we can branch out to other nursing homes."

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