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Hey You! Are You Ready To Go Back To School?

It is hard to believe that it is that time of year again. Registration is complete. Supplies and lunch boxes have been purchased. Some children are excited, others are scared. Moms and Dads are happy to get the kids out of the house and into a routine. Friday nights at the lake will turn into Friday… Continue reading Hey You! Are You Ready To Go Back To School?

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Day 18: Teacher Appreciation

"Mrs. Renfro has such a great attitude. I enjoy her classes because she cares about the students and is always willing to stop and help. It was great to be able to say thank you today through some candy and a Barnes & Noble gift card." - MaKenna "Mrs. Nelson is such a sweet, warmhearted… Continue reading Day 18: Teacher Appreciation

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Day 11: Take Time To Read

We love going into schools and spending time with students. It is an easy way to connect with and positively impact young people. That investment of time, no matter how big or small, may be the best investment you ever make. Today we had the opportunity to visit a kindergarten class at Adams Elementary. It was a great… Continue reading Day 11: Take Time To Read

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Day 12: Take Time To Read

I always love going into an elementary classroom and connecting with young people.  I have been doing it monthly for years and it is always a great experience.  The students are always welcoming and extremely excited to see me walk through the door.  Today's experience was no different. As our Day 12 activity I spent… Continue reading Day 12: Take Time To Read

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Day 11: Teacher Appreciation

"The reaction from my English teacher was the highlight of my day.  She is such a sweet, warmhearted lady.  She always makes sure that I understand my homework and I am very comfortable asking her questions.  She deserved to receive a gift bag for all of her hard work.  I am glad that I had… Continue reading Day 11: Teacher Appreciation

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High-Fives, Hugs, and a Great Story

I exited the building and walked towards my car.  My right hand red and throbbing from the day's repeated blunt-force trauma.  My head pounded from the loud noise, the constant chatter, and the overall chaos.  My heart raced a mile-a-minute from the exhilaration and the excitement.  The corners of my mouth were sore from one… Continue reading High-Fives, Hugs, and a Great Story

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Empowering Struggling Students

I sat quietly in my chair and looked around the small room that The Crossing Educational Center uses for Family Time.  A diverse group of students worked to complete the given assignment.  It wasn't the typical math problem, essay question, or science experiment.  It was something completely different.  Their task was to write their biggest fear,… Continue reading Empowering Struggling Students

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Proud Moments of a Mentor

It has been almost four years since I enrolled to be a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  I remember that day like it was yesterday.  The questions, the nerves, the butterflies, and the fears are unforgettable. I had no idea what I was getting myself into at the time and I definitely… Continue reading Proud Moments of a Mentor

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A Cardinal Friend

Have you ever smiled so much that your face hurt?  Experienced soreness in your cheeks from a "perma-grin"?  I have and it happened this week.  I had been in the car for more than twenty minutes after completing a volunteer experience when I realized that I will still smiling.  I had such a great time… Continue reading A Cardinal Friend

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Teaching Global Marketplace to 25 Sixth Grade Boys

Could you engage with and teach 25 middle school students about the global marketplace?  What if I told you that they were all boys?  Feeling confident?  Those were the questions that crossed my mind as I entered Mr. Mann's 6th grade class at Blackhawk Middle School.  I was there as a volunteer for Junior Achievement… Continue reading Teaching Global Marketplace to 25 Sixth Grade Boys