Ghida has impacted the lives of young people by sharing her experiences.
Name: Ghida Khamis El-Banna
I am a Mentor and Tutor at: Kensington International School.
I have been a Springfield School Volunteer for: Two years.
I became a volunteer because: I felt that I had some tools and skills to share such as the Arabic language and my experiences as a refugee.
By volunteering I have learned: I have learned to appreciate the things that I have and the recognize the importance of the work I do with the little kids because it helps shape their lives. I have also learned how to be an ally and a friend with kids who have similar life experiences to mine or come from a disadvantaged or oppressive community.
My favorite thing about volunteering is: When I come back to the school for a new year the students warmly greet me and remember all the good things we did together.
Why should another caring person in the community join you as a mentor? Other volunteers should join us because we work really hard to empower young kids.They will see the students growing and learning effectively. It is very rewarding!
Kevin has been volunteering with SSV for over 6 months, connecting with students and teachers alike.
Name: Kevin West I am a: Library Assistant and Math Tutor Van Sickle Middle School. I have been a Springfield School Volunteer for: 6 months. I became a Library Assistant and Tutor because: An article I read on MassLive.com indicated Van Sickle Middle School only had a 56 percent graduation rate. I wondered, what happens to the other 44 percent? I thought I could help Van Sickle Middle School by volunteering and looked for available positions on the Springfield School Volunteers website. By being a Library Assistant and Tutor I have learned: Children will only go as far as we take them. As an African-American male I see certain children gravitate towards me and I know my presence matters. I’ve learned that my actions and interactions with the students and teachers can have a profound and continuing effect. My favorite thing about mentoring/tutoring is: As simple as seeing the smiles on students faces. If they’re happy, I’m happy!
“Thank you very much. I just wanted to say that helping in our schools has truly been a life changing event for me. I should be paying them for letting me help.”
– Don Dorn, Jr., Volunteer at Samuel Bowles School
Don Dorn, Jr., Volunteer at Samuel Bowles School
“I have been participating in the Read Aloud Program for the past 10 years and had planned to make this my last year, but my experience was so heartwarming and I loved every minute of [it.] I am anxious to return next month.”
– Marjorie Hurst, Volunteer
Marjorie Hurst, Volunteer
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