Eagle Time Service Learning Students

This semester, the library (and the Eagle Time program) has had the privilege of being a Service Learning site. Service Learning is where students earn credit and gain experience for their major through community service. The students involved with the library are in a Childhood and Family Development class, and they get hands-on experience with kids in an after-school program setting. They help with their homework, play games with them, and act as mentors. The library, the kids, and I have all been so grateful for their help this semester.

For the past two weeks, these students have had to do a “lesson plan” type project to present to the children during our after-school program. On November 7th, students Bre, Jill, and Elizabeth did a MyPlate presentation. They educated the children on the differences between the food groups and provided examples of foods that belong in each category. The children were shown the MyPlate and asked to pick three foods of their choice. They were then blind-folded (if comfortable) and then tried to place their food in the correct category. It was a very fun day all around, and I think the children have a better understanding of which foods to eat and why eating healthy is important.

On November 12th, Jonathon did a presentation on pirates and pirate ships. He also taught the kids about the different oceans around the world. The kids got to design their own sailboat to sail around the world in. During his presentation, he asked the children to write down two people who were going to be a part of their “crew.” He then told the children to name their sailboat, design the body and the sails, and glue it onto their backdrop. Through doing this, he let the children explore their creativity while exercising their cognitive motor skills. He asked each child who they chose to sail with, where they wanted to go, and what they named their boat (and why). I think the kids loved doing this and had a great time interacting with Jonathon and our volunteers. Even I made a boat! I named it Serve912 to represent the program that puts our after-school program in motion.

As the semester comes to a close, I want to thank the students who chose to come to the library as their Service Learning site. It has been such a blast working with you all and I’m so grateful for your help. I hope you’ve all had as much fun as I did this semester, and I hope to continue seeing you guys at Eagle Time in the future. The kids and I have loved having you there every Monday and Wednesday afternoon. I wish you all good luck on finals and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas break!

Ansley Braddock

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Eagle Time Carnival

Last Wednesday, October 17th, myself and the Eagle Time volunteers had the privilege of hosting a Carnival to celebrate Fall break and the fair being in town. It was free-for-all event with games, crafts, face painting, popcorn and a clown (thanks, Emily). We had an AWESOME turn out – the library staff counted around one hundred and twenty attendees which was way more than expected. We had some great girls who volunteered to help out, and everyone in attendance had a blast.

This is just a little piece of all that we do at the library and I can’t wait to host more events like this in the future!

Ansley Braddock

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

 

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!