The Importance Of Volunteering In The Community

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Volunteering in the community helps develop a connection with the community. Communities are people who help one another to make an impact in someone’s life. Giving back to those that helped one previously can make a difference. Giving up a few hours during the week to volunteer at a summer reading program at the community library can bring joy in some child’s life. Supporting and helping younger children learn in our community brings me pride. Volunteering is a way to give back to your community and gain work experience at the same time. On Thursdays from 6:00-8:00, my sister and I volunteer at “Norther Tier Library” supporting the summer reading program. The program involves children from birth to 18 years old. Each age group receives …show more content…

Helping the local library in the summer reading program is an effective way to give back to the community. The most satisfying part of the reading program was when children came to report on books they read. We used the computers to fill out the information, give prizes, and stamps. We often ask about the books they read to hear the children explain and report on the book and if they enjoyed reading the book. The most challenging part of the reading program is when several children came at once. Since there are only two volunteers helping during each time when several children come in at once it can be difficult to help each child like we would like. The reading program is over in the middle of August, I expect to continue participating until the end of the program. Volunteering for the summer reading program was pleasing to me and I gained a fresh perspective of discovering my passion for teaching. Some other ways people can educate and raise awareness of reading in the summer could be hosting summer book clubs, school reading programs, or take-home reading books to promote continued reading throughout the school year. Alexander et al. (2007) states, “teachers typically spend between 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material to students who have forgotten it over the summer” (Alexander et al. 2007). Many teachers must review several lessons and skills with children who do not continue to use these

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