I enjoyed learning about the service opportunities in Memphis and building relationships with my now friends in the Social Change Scholarship Group.
I enjoyed building relationships with my new friends and serving the kids within Memphis.
I had such a good experience by serving the kids in my city, Memphis and this helped me build stronger relationships with the people in my scholarship.
We got to clean up their library and just helped organize the books for the children. We never got to interact with the children. I felt we could've made a better impact if we got to communicate with the children.
At Kipp they put us to work helping categorize, label, and organize what was going to be their new library. I had never realized all that went into making a fully functioning library that students and teachers could use and have as a resource for classes. I was apart of the lettering and labeling crew. We would put the corresponding color and letter to each individual books' designated reading level. It was a blast and the time flew by because we were continually working.
This volunteer experience enabled me to become more familiar with the Memphis community. I was able to get to know much more of this wonderful city by volunteering at an elementary school.
Because the school library was in the process of updating, I assisted in organizing new books into different categories and placing them on their correct shelves. I also worked with a group to help to color code books. The job was confusing at first but after a while, the other volunteers and I got into to groove of the book system.
Yesterday at run club, we were blessed with good weather and were able to take the girls outside. We started club by having them either run bleachers or laps to warm up before we stretched together and went outside to the track. All the girls completed one lap to further our warm up before running relays. We ran two relay races around the 1/3 mile track, one with two legs and the other with four legs. We then cooled down with some stretches and had snack.
Last week at Run Club, it was very chilly but the girls voted to have our club outside. We started by warming up in the gym, doing stretches the girls picked out. We then moved to the track outside where we had all of the girls run or run/walk three laps (equaling one mile) before being able to play on the playground.
This week at Run Club, we took the girls to the Green Line, something they are always very excited about. As always, we started our time by warming up before walking the short walk to the Green Line. The girls pair up with each other and with a coach and run or run/walk down to the designated bridge where we stop.
During this Run Club meeting, we had a very small group of girls. Because of this, we decided to do something a little different. Instead of having a set number of laps or time to run, we played running games the entire time. One girl suggested warming up by running stairs 5 times. Then, we ran a few variations of relay games, played a running version of tic-tac-toe, and set up an obstacle course.
The weather last Thursday was wonderful and we took the girls to the green line for full advantage of the fall day. As usual, we changed and warmed up before breaking off into small groups, pairing girls with coaches. We walked to the green line and spent about 30 minutes on it. On the green line, my group ran for 30 seconds and walked for a minute, a successful strategy that we will try with all the girls soon.
This week at run club, we followed the usual agenda getting them changed, to the gym, and warmed up. Then we took them outside to the field and ran a couple of laps before playing a game. This game was a version of red light green light (run on green, stop on red) but we added in different exercises for the green light (squats, lunges, etc.) to switch things up.
This was our first day of run club for the semester. We introduced the girls to ourselves, to each other, and to the rules of run club. We followed the ABCD of rules that they do in gym: Act Safely, Be Prepared and Positive, Cooperate, and Do Your Best. We went over the schedule of what every Thursday would look like and took them outside to play a game called Streets and Avenues.
Volunteering at Hanley was amazing! The kids were so nice and the teachers were very professional. I didn't know so much work went into teaching little first graders, but now I do. I would definitely volunteer here again, but when I do i'll make sure i'm well rested.
Last Tuesday at run club the weather was warm enough to have club outside. We had an especially small group and each coach paired up with two girls for the duration of our workout. We warmed up and then alternated walking and running for thirty minutes. Once that was complete, we cooled down, had snack, and did homework. We will be completing a 5k with the girls in May and having the girls active for thirty straight minutes was a great practice for that.
This week at run club, we have an especially small group with only 6 girls. As usual, we had our warm up where one of the older girls led us in stretches. It was sprinkling a very small amount, but we were still able to run outside, something the girls appreciate. I stuck with one of the girls during her laps and we did a combination of walking, skipping, jogging, and running. Afterwards, we cooled down and had each girl give a stretch that they wanted to do. We had some extra time and were able to play basketball and eat snack before club ended.
Yesterday at run club, we welcomed the girls back from spring break and had a smaller group than usual. We held club outside even though it was chilly because the girls wanted to be outside. We warmed up and were pleasantly surprised to see the only fifth grader that was there stepping up and wanted to help lead stretches. Once we felt stretched, we went outside for our walk/run. Each girl completed three laps on the outside track before heading inside to cool down and work on homework.
This week at run club, we had our monthly fun run. Since the weather was nice, we were able to do it outside on the track. We began club by having the girls write down their goals, before stretching and running the three laps that make a mile. Afterwards, we cooled down and assessed whether the girls met their goals. I had to leave early to make it to a Read Across America event.
A few weeks ago, we asked the girls to come up with semester-long goals for the group. One of them was to run a collective marathon (26.2) in two weeks of club. Since we had an especially large group last week, we began the challenge. We ran over a half-marathon last week and will try to complete the challenge this week. One of the most important things we have noticed with goal-setting is that even if they reach their daily goals, most all of them will keep going to do even more than they had anticipated they could.