I am so excited to be BACK at the Statesboro Library, doing one of my favorite things: getting involved with the children in the Statesboro community. We’ve only been back for two weeks, and already have a steady group of kids coming and relationships forming. I have a feeling this is going to be a great semester and have so many ideas on how to improve this already amazing program.
Some Info for Fall 2018
Eagle Time was created to emphasize positive relationships between Georgia Southern students and children in the Statesboro community. The goal is for each child to have a volunteer “mentor” who they can depend on to offer guidance and be someone for them to look up to throughout the course of the year. During the program, we provide snacks, homework help, play games, make crafts, and so much more.
On Mondays from 3:00 – 5:30, a trip leaves from the Office of Leadership & Community Engagement at 3:00 sharp. We have a NEW trip leader: Raven Easterwood. She was chosen to help at the library this semester, and I am so glad to have her with me every Monday. We are also there on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:30. Transportation is NOT provided for this trip. We will be in the Children’s Activity room. If you need to make arrangements for a ride, email me at email@example.com
*You have to have an application and a background check done to volunteer since we do work with children. You can obtain these from the Office of Leadership & Community Engagement. The background check is free and (in most cases) only takes a day to process.
Some Highlights So Far
As I said, we already have a steady group of kids coming. They LOVE having snacks this semester – especially chocolate animal crackers – and we have done tons of fun crafts.
Two of the children from last semester started coming again this past Wednesday, and I think I was more excited than they were. We had a snack, did homework, and then made finger puppets. Aubrey made a cat, Taylan made a four-legged three-eyed monster, and I made a five-eyed monster with antennas. It was a super fun day.
Some Things I’m Excited About
I’m in the process of setting up an event with the Service Dog Training and Education Program (STEP), an organization focused on educating the general public about service dogs and service dogs in training. The goal is to bring the service dogs, teach a lesson on what they are, what services they provide, and how to treat them and do some activities with the students. Stay tuned for a date!
I’m also excited that the program is a part of Service Learning this semester. Service Learning allows students to gain experience for their major through serving the community. I am so excited to meet the students involved with this, and see what they take from the program.
I’m hoping I have enough time to keep the blog updated each week, but if not my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Email me for more information or if you have ANY questions at all.
I hope everyone has a blessed semester.
Ansley Braddock, Community Liaison for the Statesboro Library