It has been 2 months since I have been volunteering for an elementary school. I go there twice a week for 3 hours each to teach math for a few 3, 4 and 5 grade students who need extra help and I love it! The teachers are very kind. I was told that most of these kids have single parents or younger parents. They work multiple jobs to just get food on the table and that education is not on top of their list.
This school has been wonderful for these kids. If the student has vision problems, the school provides the kid with two pairs of glasses. During the winters here, they are provided with coats, mittens and hats. The families are provided with unperishable food items once a week, how awesome is that! What better way to give back to the community…
The school tries its best to make this school a welcoming and exciting place for kids. All these kids want is someone to encourage them and say you can do it. Volunteering as a teacher for this school has been very rewarding. Seeing my students’ weekly progress makes me extremely proud. The happiness in their faces, when they give the right answer makes it worth it. This is my way of giving back to the community.
We also have fun conversations, one of my student was concerned that the Dodo bird and Siberian Tiger were extinct. When I told her that it has been that way for many years, she looked shocked…. oh the innocence :).
Another student of mine said she “has frustration” and is suffering from hair loss because of it… ha ha. I still laugh thinking about that conversation (I am assuming this fifth grader has stress!).
The “hug attack” kid still runs up to me and gives me hugs <3.
Next week, they go on their spring break, and I will miss them.