By Anthony Scott

Killeen Daily Herald

Seniors from all four Killeen Independent School District decided to dedicate their day to volunteering Saturday afternoon.

About 98 students made it out, all of whom were part of their respective high school's Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.

After meeting up at Ellison High School, the students split into three groups and visited people at several area senior centers.

One such center was the Indian Oaks Living Center in Harker Heights, where about 37 students went and helped staff and walked around talking with some of the 172 residents. Other centers visited included Wind Crest Living Center and Rosewood Nursing & Rehab Center.

"It helps them connect with other people who have maybe been where they are now," said Christina Harris, an AVID Coordinator for Killeen High School. "We heard that there was a need and that the senior citizen centers didn't have enough volunteers except around the holidays."

Harris added that this allowed many students from different high schools who would be going to the same college, a chance to bond with each other before they graduate and move on from KISD.

While some students put up Halloween decorations with staff, most students broke up into small groups and walked around talking with seniors they found.

"Some of them don't have visitors," said Zaira Johnson, 17, a senior at Ellison High School. "So we're trying to talk and befriend them."

After speaking with seniors, students rallied at Ellison High School where they ate dinner and reflected on the day.

"I'm trying to view their perspective to our perspective," said Bubbah Roane, 17, a senior from Harker Heights High School.

Roane, like many students, walked around and talked with as many people as he could from about 1:30 p.m. to about 4 p.m.

"I think it means a lot to them," he said. "This also helps the young people understand where they're coming from."

Contact Anthony Scott at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcity.

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