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 Nicole Jones, one of our Kindergarten Countdown Camp (KCC) volunteers.
Pictured above is Nicole during a Kindergarten Countdown Camp
What is your role at the camp?
My role at Kindergarten Countdown Camp is to assist Ms. Beck with her class. I am with the class the whole day and work with the kids. I run the reading and math center everyday and work on skills such as coloring, cutting, letters, numbers, and writing their names.
So far, what has been the most memorable part about your involvement in the Kindergarten Countdown Camp?
The most memorable part of my involvement with Kindergarten Countdown Camp has been how sweet all of the kindergartners have been. One boy heard me say that my favorite color is yellow and, when he was coloring a picture, he used yellow and said, “look I used your favorite color!” Little things like that make my day. And at recess, I was pushing the kids on the swings and one girl noticed her classmate sitting on the playground and ran over to him. He came running to the swings with a big smile on his face after she gave him her swing for a turn. They all have such kind hearts and it’s so cool to witness their kindness.
Have there been any students or teachers, in particular, that have impacted you and how?
Ms. Beck, the teacher that I assist, has greatly impacted me. I want to be a kindergarten teacher and she is always open to giving me advice and talking about her experiences of being a teacher. She always goes over her lesson plans with me so that I have a better understanding of what the kids are learning and how to teach them the material.
Do you think Kindergarten Countdown Camp is making an impact on the children that attend?
I truly believe that Kindergarten Countdown Camp is making a huge impact on the children that attend. The kids that walked in on the first day of summer have come so far. They have learned how to behave in a classroom, such as raising hands, standing in line, and listening to the teacher. They have also learned so many skills, such as letters, numbers, colors, cutting and writing their names. The kids are definitely better prepared to begin kindergarten after this camp.
What does education mean to you?
Education means more opportunities and opens doors. I think it is extremely important to focus on education to create more possibilities in life.
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