We are thrilled to share the next post in our Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) summer blog series that kicked off in Waukegan on June 19th. Up next, we’d like to introduce Michael Glassberg, a KCC volunteer, sharing his reflection of the camp over the past several weeks:
What is your role at camp?
My role at camp has been assisting the two main teachers, Ms. Rubio and Mr. Molina with their lessons in a bilingual classroom. Although I do not teach the material to the students, I will roam around the classroom while the students are doing activities to help them solidify their knowledge and make sure they all have good behavior in the classroom.
So far, what has been the most memorable part about your involvement in the Kindergarten Countdown Camp?
My most memorable experience thus far at Kindergarten Countdown Camp has been playing with the children at the playground every day. Whether it is helping a kid across the monkey bars or playing tag with the class, every day is a new adventure.
Have there been any students or teachers, in particular, that have impact you and how?
Although every student and teacher has affected me in their own unique way, the one the student that has affected me the most is Erick. He has taught me a lot about determination. On the first day of camp, Erick spent the entire day crying about missing his parents. Although I tried comforting him, his crying persisted for hours. Although he obviously felt uncomfortable, he still continued coming to class. Now, every day I can’t wait to see his smile every morning due to his eagerness to learn.
Do you think KCC is making an impact on the children that attend?
Kindergarten Countdown Camp definitely has a huge effect on the children that attend. In the brief couple of weeks that we have been together, I have seen vast improvements in the writing and math skills of all the students attending.
What does education mean to you?
To me, education is the key to getting ahead in life. Without it, others that have received an education will pass you up. That’s why I’m so proud to be giving a basic education to all of these wonderful children in the class.