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Good Deeds: Woman combines favorite interests with volunteering

Sharon Pedroja volunteers for a variety of organizations, but one of her favorites is to help out at Watermark Books. (Sept. 26, 2014)
Sharon Pedroja volunteers for a variety of organizations, but one of her favorites is to help out at Watermark Books. (Sept. 26, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

Sharon Pedroja volunteers at a variety of places.

The former Wichita elementary school teacher helps out at Botanica, most recently overseeing a station for the Monarch Watch where children could look into a microscope and see butterfly body parts.

She volunteers with the Master Gardener program, writing the newsletter and sometimes doing presentations, working in the library and at special events. Pedroja also is on the Wichita Area Garden Council, which oversees garden clubs in Wichita.

And she also helps with the Assistance League of Wichita, which provides assistance for Wichita public school children who are in need of clothing.

But, in her spare volunteer time, Pedroja, 69, volunteers at Watermark Books, helping out at book-signing events. She has held the books open and stood by authors’ sides as they signed their names, or helped take tickets.

“Sometimes when people look at volunteering, they don’t look at where they most like to spend their time,” Pedroja said. “This is where I like to spend time. You always have choices.

“I still love the stimulation of working and being around people.”

Reach Beccy Tanner at 316-268-6336 or btanner@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @beccytanner

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