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Perez spearheaded projects such as school messages on kindness, them day activities and outreach at local homeless shelters.
“Once per month, we would bring cupcakes, games and food to the homeless shelters. We want those people to feel cared about and we want other people to be conscious of what is going on in our community. We wanted to start a chain reaction,” Perez said.
“Miryam is wonderful and fantastic. She was one of those students who handled everything and when she was asked to do something, she always gave an ‘of course’ response,” Samsa said.
Perez said she has support from her parents and brother, and her upbringing on the east side of Joliet gave her compassion because she saw underprivileged people every day. The clubs in high school spoke to her, she said.
“I do the jobs that other people don’t want to do. I do it and don’t want to receive anything for it. I want to know I made a difference,” Perez said. “I hope I’m creating a better developed community, a safer community where people feel like family and more connected.”