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a lesson in volunteering

Recently, I became a volunteer with 826LA. I quickly signed up for my first project. I didn’t know what to expect. I will admit, I had never done this before, and I worried I wouldn’t do so well. I also thought that if it didn’t meet my expectations, I could always walk away…who would care…HA! Instead, I walked away from my six-week project with a few lessons under my belt.

First, a summary of the project:
Fourth-graders at Cienega Elementary research, write, and create a map detailing their views of Los Angeles. Focusing on the theme “Claiming Our Place,” students will explore this essential question: “How is space claimed?” They will investigate the answers to this question through small group discussion and writing time with 826LA tutors, then write personal narratives in a slam-poetry style on one particular landmark. The project will culminate in a multimedia gallery exhibition at the Natural History Museum.

And now, what I learned from my first volunteer project with 826LA…

Read the rest (and check out a cute thank-you from the class!) at Shelley’s blog, The Golden Spiral.

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