My first week at KIPP we were stationed in the library. We worked on posters that indicated the bus assignment/# of several students. This consisted of placing velcro on laminated posters (which other Tulane volunteers had produced in the week prior) and cutting out students names to then stick onto the boards.
This past week, three volunteers and myself were stationed in a storage room on the third floor. The storage room was filled with KIPP apparel (shirts, vests, sweaters), and was in need of some upkeep. The other three volunteers worked on organizing the shirts, by size and color, into boxes. I worked on organizing the cabinets that stored the sweaters.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience as it allowed me to interact more closely with both educators, as well as, other individuals in the program. I believe that our (the Tulane volunteers) presence in the school, though on the surface may appear to be of small significance, is in reality very important. By working on some of these tasks, we are able to free up the teachers, providing them more time to focus on what really matters-- educating the students.
I throughly enjoyed the KIPP experience. I look forward to returning to KIPP next Friday. I am thrilled to involved in something that aims to better the local youth.
Total Community Service: 4 hours