Welcome to the Fall Semester

Hello, everyone!

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 clstatesborolibrary@gmail.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.

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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 clstatesborolibrary@gmail.com. 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

 

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January & February Recap

Hello, everyone!

These past two months have flown by, and I cannot believe that we’re almost halfway through this semester! I wanted to take a moment and thank all of the volunteers that have been helping with Eagle Time, and the TWENTY-TWO volunteers we had come help at Comic-Con. I was so surprised at this turn out, and excited that so many people wanted to volunteer. This was such a fun way to spend Saturday, and the volunteers definitely helped make the event run smoothly. I hope you all had as great of a time as I did.

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Brothers from the Epsilon Chi Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi at Comic-Con

I have been so impressed with everyone who has volunteered at Eagle Time, as well. We’ve started having a constant group of both children and volunteers, which has helped everyone involved develop relationships with the children. It makes me feel so accomplished when I see familiar faces walk into the library on Monday and Wednesday afternoons excited to do homework, play games, and get to know our volunteers. I hope everyone who comes to help at the program notices this, and feels proud of how they’ve helped these children.

This role in Serve912 has definitely been the best part of my semester, and I cannot wait to see how the Eagle Time program progresses in the future. I hope everyone has a great rest of their month.

Ansley Braddock

Getting to Know Me

Good afternoon!

I’ve been in this position for two months and have completely forgotten to introduce myself. My name is Ansley Braddock, and I’m currently a sophomore Exercise Science major here at GSU. I plan to apply for the Nursing program during the Fall 2018 semester, and hopefully start the program in Spring 2019 to become a Pediatric Nurse. I like to read, learn new things, travel, bake, and spend time with my six younger siblings.

The reason I love working as a community liaison is because I love seeing the positive impact that volunteers, the trip leaders, and myself have made on children. Knowing that I helped bridge that gap and make that connection possible, makes me feel like I’m doing something right.

Come volunteer at Eagle Time, so I can get to know you!

Ansley

New Year, New CL

Hi, everyone!

My name is Ansley Braddock and I’m the new Community Liaison for the Statesboro Regional Library in Downtown Statesboro. My job is to recruit volunteers and help run the Eagle Time after school program for kids in Kindergarten through 12th grade along with the trip leaders, Glory Agbeyomi and Myla Kelly. Eagle Time is on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:15-5:15 from now, until the end of spring semester. There is a trip that leaves from the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement on Mondays at 3 o’clock, but volunteers are welcome on Wednesdays too!

During Eagle Time, our goal is to help children with homework, do activities, and to be mentors. We are always looking for new volunteers, and if these times don’t work for you, there are other opportunities at the library every month!

If you’re interested in being a part of this program and taking time in the afternoon to help out, please contact me! My email is clstatesborolibrary@gmail.com.

I’m so excited to have this new position in Serve912, and cannot wait to see what this semester brings!