12 December 2014

CES - December Blog Prompt


  • Where did you volunteer this month?
  • What was your most rewarding experience?
  • What was your most challenging experience?
  • Where do you plan to volunteer over the break? 

12 comments:

  1. I haven't been posting lately but during this busy time I was trying to come up with a new place to volunteer at. I was wanting to be at a place closer to home and I thought I found one. Things didn't end up going as planned and then I realized that I wasn't meant to be anywhere except where I was at the Family Support and Treatment Center. I booked a time to come in as soon as possible. It was a Saturday night before Christmas. They needed my help really bad because they had about 13 kids to take care of from ages 2 to 11. I realized how much I have missed spending time with the kids. To see their faces when the center gave them each a stuffed animal for Christmas was priceless. We made paper airplanes and Christmas cookies. It was very special to be with them right before Christmas. I'm not going anywhere! :)

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    1. What a rewarding feeling know where you are meant to be! It's funny how that works out sometimes, isn't it? It does sound like you were needed-- 13 children! That is a lot, and I'm sure you made their whole day when you returned. What a wonderful way to spend the holidays-- it sounds like you were a blessing to many. :)
      -AMDLP

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  2. I volunteered at Whittier for this month (as I have been since I started with America Reads).
    I believe that the most rewarding experience I have encountered is with one individual girl. She is so kind and gentle, yet so mistrusting and unsure of herself. She gets embarrassed with she doesn't say a word right or frustrated when she just "doesn't get it." Over these past couple of months working with her, I've been able to gain her trust and let her know that it's okay to struggle, that all of us struggle, and how to overcome those tough moments and to keep moving forward. I am so happy to report that she is improving a lot! I never knew just how rewarding it would feel to see a student open up and do better every time we work together. She is advancing not only with her reading but with her confidence. It has given me a drive to become a better tutor so I can experience this with the rest of my students.

    The most challenging experience I had last semester was with the younger kids. I find it overwhelming to have to work with five Kindergarteners at once (especially with scissors involved). I have the same class this semester, so I'm hoping to continue to gain confidence and learn from each experience-- I hope it will make me a better tutor.

    I didn't volunteer over the break since I was out of state, but am excited to be returning to my students this semester. (I missed their cute, happy little faces!)

    -AMDLP

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    1. Sara SchildmeyerSunday, January 25, 2015

      That could be really tricky, trying to keep the younger kids focused. You'll get some really good experience working with them.

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    2. That sounds amazing! I love those feel good moments. That makes me so glad I've decided to become a Civically Engaged Scholar and learn more about community involvement. I can't wait to volunteer and have experiences like that.

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  3. Sara SchildmeyerSunday, January 25, 2015

    •Where did you volunteer this month? The Maliheh Free Clinic, as a Patient Tech.
    •What was your most rewarding experience? Working with patients that were there for major health concerns. They were worried but I could tell they were getting some relief that they were at the Clinic, to be taken care of.
    •What was your most challenging experience? I have volunteered there for a number of months but I am not there every day so it takes a minute to reorient myself each time I volunteer there. I'm getting better and better each time but it's not like a daily routine is what I mean. I'm getting better each time.
    •Where do you plan to volunteer over the break? I will continue to volunteer at the Maliheh Free Clinic.

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  4. I have been volunteering at The University of Utah Hospital. I volunteer in the emergency department, wherever they need help! My most rewarding experience is getting to interact and talk to the patients that are in the emergency room. I always love getting to know new people, even if I may not see them ever again. I don't know how much this counts but my most challenging experience would be that I don't feel like I am doing the kind of volunteering and community work that I would like to be doing. I know that I am helping still, but I loved when I was able to volunteer at the Maliheh Free Clinic because it always felt so rewarding. I hope I can go back there soon. I will most likely still be volunteering at the U hospital to try and get more volunteer hours, and hopefully try some other places as well!

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  5. I haven't yet started to volunteer but my determination is up again and I'm excited to start at the Maliheh clinic. It sounds exciting and everyone's comments seem to highly recommend it. I can't wait.

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  6. I didn't volunteer in December at all because I decided to take a break and rest for the new semester-lots of cool things happening for February and on! (:

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  7. I volunteered at Nibley Park this month. It’s hard to pinpoint one rewarding experience. The kids that I tutor bring a lot of joy to my day. They love to wave when they see me in the halls. It is always rewarding to see their progress and have them get excited about reading. I guess the most rewarding experience I had this month was having one of my students ask if I could make a word game for one of his classmates. He enjoys them so much that he wants to share with his friends. My most challenging experience was tutoring a difficult student that was originally assigned to another tutor. They hadn't come back from break yet, so Sherri asked me to take their kids. One boy was very stubborn about reading and just wanted to be read to. The first two sessions were difficult because he didn't want to try. After speaking to his teacher and her explaining the importance of his participation, I was able to get him to read a little. I realized that he was very behind in reading and just focused on two letter sight words and beginner books to help him progress. I was hoping to volunteer for Alternative Spring Break at the Indian Reservation in Arizona, but it doesn't look as though I can afford it, so I will likely spend the time with my own children at home.

    KL

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  8. I have helped volunteer in my kids classrooms over the last several months. I'm the room mom so I am in charge of the class parties for Halloween, Winter break/Christmas, and Valentines. I'm helping in both my son and daughters classes so it will be difficult to juggle both but feel its important to be a part of your child's education in order to show your kids you care and show the teacher that your want to be involved in their success.

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  9. This month I volunteered down at the Open Classroom in downtown Salt Lake City. There was a need in the kitchen because there was only two ladies who handle all of the lunch for the kids. This school runs the food program different because they cut and prepare everything from scratch. I would go in Monday mornings to help clean, and prepare the lunch and be there to be that extra set of hands.

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