The first day of volunteering was one of the best for me. We showed up and got to meet the children we were going to work with, and I sat down at a table of fourth graders. This is where the fun began with this amazing group of kids. We were the gold team. We started when the children got out of school, because not every child could go home.
The day started with snack and milk during attendance; then we would do homework together. It was a great experience to see their way of thinking and how they would figure out their work. They were intelligent children, so sometimes I would help them and other times they wouldn’t need my help. After homework was recess, which would be inside or outside depending on the weather. Outside we could play anything from kick ball to four square to tag. Playing tag was the toughest for me, because I did not realize how fast 9-year-olds could be! If recess was inside, we could do something like a cooking class that would teach the children how to make healthy nutritious foods for themselves!
We learned from them through friendship, caring and dedication!
Program & Responsibilities
- 3:45 pm to 5:45 pm
- Attendance and Snack
- Teach and nurture young impressionable minds
This program will continue to grow through the volunteers; and the children in the program will hopefully give back to the community themselves someday. Talking with the children and listening to their goals and dreams, has made me want to be a better person and to give even more back to the community! Through learning and education, Natchaug’s after school program will stay successful for years to come!