Campbell Jones, The Lovett School senior
Lovett senior Campbell Jones has been involved in community service all his life, but in high school he became particularly attuned to the daily struggles of Atlanta’s homeless population.
Through his work serving meals to the homeless with Crossroads Community Ministries, Campbell realized that Atlanta’s homeless population desperately needed book bags to carry their belongings while living on the streets. As a freshman, Campbell organized a used book bag drive in Lovett’s Upper and Middle Schools called “For My Brother,” that has collected 125 book bags for Crossroads to date. Campbell has also donated $175 to Crossroads by making and selling girls’ elastic hair ties.
“My favorite thing about community service has probably got to be the results I see when I help someone,” said Campbell. “The grateful expressions they show when I offer my time are priceless.”
Campbell doesn’t just raise much-needed money and supplies for Crossroads; he has used his own money to purchase bread, peanut butter and plastic bags, and has devoted countless hours with other Lovett students in making hundreds of sandwiches for Crossroads to feed to its guests.
As a result of his commitment to Crossroads, Campbell was offered and completed the organization’s first-ever internship. This summer, Campbell spent two weeks working with Crossroads staff to learn the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit.
“Campbell Jones’s maturity is 10 years beyond his age,” said Crossroads Executive Director Stan Dawson. “His dependability and commitment as a volunteer even exceeds that.”
Campbell is also a member of the Junior Board of the Atlanta Union Mission. In this role, he meets with board members to discuss homelessness and the mission’s work. Currently, he is helping to organize a job fair for the mission’s clientele by soliciting employers to participate in the fair.
In addition to his various community service efforts, Campbell is a member of Lovett’s football, swimming and lacrosse teams. He is president of the Lovett Singers, a select singing ensemble that represents Lovett at various community events, as well as a leader of PRIDE, a leadership group committed to creating a more inclusive school community. Campbell actively leads Lovett’s Christian life programs as both a Vestry Officer, helping lead weekly Chapel and organize faith-based activities for the student body, and as an eighth grade boys Bible Study leader.
“Campbell is a natural leader who is able to see the big picture, rally support from those around him, and effect change,” said Campbell’s advisor and college counselor Jessica Sant. “He is passionate about service and cares deeply about contributing to something much bigger than himself.”
Campbell is considering the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and the University of Texas.
This article was prepared by Catherine Benedict, a student at The Westminster Schools.