In my program – Concurrent Education Child and Youth Studies – I am constantly being reminded about the importance of allowing students time to be physically active, being a member of a team/club, providing an opportunity for students to voice their opinions and creating bonds with students to establish a professional relationship.
I decided that I was ready to step into a school as an individual to make a difference. I completed my placement time in the fall term (September to December), to allow time to volunteer in any school that would take me in during the winter term (January to April). With my dance teacher license and experience working with youth, I thought that I could offer a dance club. I emailed the Niagara District School Board, asking if any schools in Thorold would be interested in having a lunch time dance club. Finally one elementary school was interested in having me! I successfully went through an interview and received the volunteer position! This past Wednesday I had the first lesson with approximately 25 students from grade four to grade eight. IT IS SO MUCH FUN!!! As of yesterday, I completed my 2nd session with the dancers. So for, all children are participating and having fun!
There are many ways to get involved in the community on your own time (ie: Reading Rocks, Big Brothers Big Sisters, etc.). It enhances your experiences, lengthens your resume, and establishes social networking connections. What more can you ask for?!