I Love Going to Serve Every Day

"I love going to serve everyday and know that I am there to help make a difference in someone's life. I am there to help share in a student's education and be a very influential part in their thoughts about school, especially math. I get to share in their academic ventures but also get to know the students and understand each of their backgrounds. Most of the students I work with have just come … [Read more...]

Hard Work = Student Success

"After many struggling days with a student that was being defiant I was ready to give up. With the help of his teacher, we developed a reward system for working hard and getting his work done in my class but nothing was helping. The student would be on target one day and bouncing off the walls and refusing to do his work the next. You never knew what you were going to get when the student walked … [Read more...]

AmeriCorps Impact Reflection

It's hard to say where or when I have made a profound impact on one of my children at school, but I know that for me I have had many cases where I wonder what kind of impact I am making. One year is such a short amount of time and I am not even sure the children will remember me when I am gone. They live in the here and now. I think the kids make a bigger impact on me. They teach me things about … [Read more...]

Making a Difference to Homeless

There was a homeless individual that had been coming to the center daily to eat and drink coffee. He had no clothes. He really had nothing but the clothes on his back. He didn't talk much and was not up to par with his hygiene, Although the outside wasn't pleasant to look at, he always was polite. I started to talk to him and found out he had a daughter that made him sleep on the porch. I took him … [Read more...]

Serving Wounded Veterans

Having just finished a powerful week at Outdoor Odyssey serving wounded veterans in what is known as our Semper Fi Odyssey program, I feel very blessed to serve at a site that seeks to help those who have sacrificed almost everything but their lives for our freedom. Thirty-eight veterans who were sent back to the States after suffering various injuries came to Outdoor Odyssey to partake in a … [Read more...]

Hands Down, Students Love AmeriCorps

I'd like to describe the impact of my service through a display my students helped me to create for my school. Outside every teacher's classroom is a long row of cork board to display student's work of that teacher's choice. Because I work with every grade level in the school as part of my AmeriCorps service, at first I was puzzled with what I might use for my display area. I wanted everyone to … [Read more...]

Making a Difference Where I was Raised

  "Working only 3 miles from where I was raised, I see a lot of people I know when I'm outside the office. Once the pleasantries are exchanged and they learn what I'm doing to try and remedy the negative effects of past mining operations, the response has been overwhelming. Nearly everyone I've spoken to has shown extreme gratitude for what we are trying to accomplish. And it's the interactions … [Read more...]

PLEDGE: AmeriCorps Week 2013 Video

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