Here at United Way, we are fortunate to work with some of the most service-oriented, internally-driven and compassionate people in the community. Among them are the United Way interns, volunteers and staff. Today we’d like to spotlight Peggy Lavin, a Kindergarten Countdown Camp volunteer.
What is your role at the camp?
As a volunteer, I assist two teachers in preparing almost twenty children for kindergarten. The children will be attending kindergarten this school year and many, if not all, have not experienced any prior preschool education. Everything about school is new to these children: buses, lining up, the cafeteria, following teachers’ directions, cutting with scissors, etc. I help the teachers set up for the educational activities (concentrating on basic reading and math skills) and help the children implement the teachers’ directions.
So far, what has been the most memorable part about your involvement in the Kindergarten Countdown Camp?
Watching the children gain educational and social skills that will prepare them for kindergarten.
Have there been any students or teachers, in particular, that have impacted you and how?
I am lucky to be working with two, very competent teachers. One teacher focuses on basic reading skills, while the other, basic math skills. I am very impressed with their daily preparation and collaborative approach to teaching.
The students are like sponges, absorbing new experiences and skills every day. They get excited with each success and are proud to take their work home to show their parents.
Do you think Kindergarten Countdown Camp is making an impact on the children that attend?
Each day that I volunteer, I note educational and social improvement on an individual and group basis. After three weeks, it is amazing what the children have accomplished!
What does education mean to you?
I value education highly and believe that each child needs and has a right to the best educational opportunities a community can provide. Education provides a child with the skills to be successful in life.
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