Hey VISTA Friends!
Things are going wonderfully here at CC-C! As the Service Learning Coordinator, these first few months have been exciting, challenging, and surprisingly funny (the students are hilarious!). I had some issues settling in due to massive construction in the school, but I’m finding my makeshift office/biology closet quite cozy these days—and I should be moving into a brand spanking new office after the winter break!
As I am stationed in the UE/MS/HS at CC-C, the proximity to a majority of the students and staff is ideal. I think one of my greatest advantages is also one of my biggest challenges: working in a small district. I know very well which instructors enjoy service learning and those who think it’s not for them. It is difficult to keep pestering the same teachers over and over (I’m pretty sure some teachers live in fear of me asking them to consider a service project!), but I’ve made some progress engaging new teachers this year.
Highlights so far for this year include the school-wide Serve-A-Thon, progress on the nature trail, classroom recycling, a partnership with the local food pantry, Pink Week, facilitation of the Leadership Team, and much more.
Additionally, a number of my upcoming projects will deal with encouraging literacy, as that is the focus of my VYI. “Reading” is one of three district initiatives this year, so I thought it would be a natural focus area for me given my interest in the subject. So far, I’ve been able to establish reading buddies and pen pals between older and younger students, assist with the school’s mentoring program, expand the free library, and start a monthly school newsletter where classes or individual students can submit articles. It has been very time consuming to get the newsletter off the ground, but the students and staff have really enjoyed having an outlet for their work as well as a source of information for the district.
Each blog post was written by one of our VISTAs!