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President’s Daughter Working As Volunteer in Eastern Kentucky

June 28, 1996

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) _ Chelsea Clinton has joined dozens of church-group volunteers to repair poor people’s homes in eastern Kentucky this week.

During the day, the daughter of President Clinton works with other volunteers for Appalachian Service Project Inc., a housing-services ministry based in Tennessee. Chelsea, 16, is among about 70 volunteers who split into groups in the morning and are taken by van to work at various sites.

At night, Chelsea _ like everyone else _ sacks out in a sleeping bag in a classroom at Jackson City High School. They eat in the school cafeteria.

After work Thursday, Chelsea _ wearing a white cap pulled down over her forehead and a green backpack _ walked down the steps from the hilltop school with two friends to clean up in a Lees College dormitory.

Neal Lattimore, press secretary for first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, told Secret Service agents in Jackson on Thursday that there would be no interviews.

``Chelsea doesn’t do any interviews,″ Lattimore said. ``Her parents try to shelter her as much as possible from that ... and I’m certainly going to respect the wishes of Chelsea and her mom and dad.″

Project officials declined to say where Chelsea was working Thursday or what kind of work she was doing.

``She’s just there to work,″ Lattimore said.

Executive Director Joe Schlatter said the nonprofit group has attracted 7,000 volunteers this year who are working on 300 homes in 16 counties in West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Youth leaders in churches nationwide _ including the Clintons’ Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington _ volunteered for the project, he said.

Chelsea just happened to be one of these,″ he said.

The Clintons’ church ``has been participating with ASP for more than a decade,″ Schlatter said. The church also supports a homeless shelter and food kitchen where the Clintons’ daughter also has worked as a volunteer, he said.

Chelsea and the current group of volunteers will go home Saturday, said Taylor Collins, superintendent of the Jackson Independent School District.

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