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TMSG: Grandma Jean


Volunteerism can last a lifetime, but for one woman from Charlotte, it just started in her 90's. She's found a home away from home at the MSU Friendship House in East Lansing.

At 92-years-young, Jean Bearup is quite the campus celebrity. She's been a volunteer tutor at the MSU Friendship House every Thursday for the past year, helping international students and their families learn english and American culture.

"It gives me a great opportunity to be part of this... The Friendship House is a wonderful facility for introduction into our way of life," says Grandma Jean.

And what a life it's been for Grandma Jean, as everyone calls her. She moved to Michigan from France after World War II with her late husband, an Okemos native, where she worked as a nurse in Charlotte until retiring in the 90's. Now in her 90's, she says she's found another way to help people.

"Each one of them brings something great to the institution. I've learned so much about their countries and their customs," she says.

And they've learned a lot from her, too says her son Rich Bearup, the Executive Director at the House.

"She's talking about her experiences of the day, who she met, who she helped, who she wants to help and how she can become more effective with the students," he says.

Students who are now a part of her family, just as she's a part of theirs.

"They're all my grandkids, as they say I'm the grandma to the world... It's been such a wonderful thing for me at this age to participate in something of this magnitude," says Grandma Jean.

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