As the end of the school year approaches for Pinckney School District I feel the service projects and service learning dwindling down. And although there is plenty of paperwork and grants still left to be written I will miss the teachers and students greatly. This AmeriCorps VISTA term was filled with valuable lessons. As a VISTA I learned the value of partnerships and communication, the importance of fulfilling your promises, how not to lose your passion in the midst of chaos, and most importantly how through service and giving we can help transform communities.
This last semester has been filled to the brink with moments of service. Perhaps one of the most rewarding and fulfilling projects would have to be 'Read N' Give', it wasn't so much the giving of books (although very impressively collected over 3,000 books) but the meaning behind where the books were going. The books collected will be going to the new #ReCreate Pinckney building, where we will be creating a library for at risk teens. It was very sentimental to see the community on board with the mission to help transform teens lives with the power of reading. Although the drive consisted of many hours and manual labor I would surly do it all over again.
I am thrilled to be ending my time with the students on a high note. Pathfinder students in the 'Choose to Lead' class will be throwing a charity dance, where all the proceeds will be going to 'All About Children'. This specific organization helps provide food for students during summer in Pinckney who rely on free breakfast and lunch during the school year.
It is hard to fathom that in just a few short months my service will be coming to an end. Luckily I will be able to see my fellow VISTA's at our 2015 Youth Leadership and Service camp, where once again I will be able to work with my teammates to help teach others about the power of philanthropy. Time and time again I hear about the long hours invested into non-profit and how time consuming it all can be, but a life without philanthropy just wouldn't feel authentic. So as my term comes to an end I can only hope to find a job where I can once again invest myself fully towards an amazing cause and community such as Pinckney School District."
Each blog post was written by one of our VISTAs!