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“The Gasp” and the Growth of a Child

Posted on 05/9/2013 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

VolunteeringMy elementary school kids desperately want to please their teacher.  So much so, they frequently let their emotions get the better of them.  Actually it’s daily.  And here’s how I know: Each and every day that I’m in the classroom I hear the “gasp”! A little background: Good teaching requires a high level of engagement between teacher and student.  And one of the best ways to build such rapport is through questioning.  Active questioning helps ensure—nothing completely ensures!—that the students …

Building a Story — The Roles of Authors and Illustrators

Posted on 04/29/2013 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

VolunteeringEvery story has a beginning, middle and end.  And in the details of that telling, we can be transported to times and places that fill us with a range of emotions — from wonder, hope and, mirth — to fear, sadness and dread.  And the best stories usually have a blend of both! My Experience Corps kids are currently engaged in “author studies.”  What you and I — if you’re a Gen Xer, boomer or older — used to call storytime!  …

AARP Recognizes Power of Volunteerism During National Volunteer Week

Posted on 04/24/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Nancy LeaMond. Nancy, the Executive Vice President of AARP’s State and National Group, leads government affairs, public education and integrated legislative and educational campaigns and volunteerism and service for AARP’s social change agenda.  Nancy also has responsibility for AARP’s state operation, which includes offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   With National Volunteer Week upon us, it’s a great time to recognize the significant …

Astronaut Abby – Inspiring Others to Dream Big

Posted on 04/23/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Abigail Harrison. Otherwise known as Astronaut Abby, Abby  is a 15-year-old high school STEM student and aspiring astronaut whose ultimate goal is to be the first astronaut to Mars in 2030.   It’s amazing how one meeting, one interaction, one event can change our lives. This has been the case for me as I have ventured out to make my dream of becoming the first astronaut to Mars a reality. I may only be 15-years-old, …

Creative Ways to Thank Those Who Serve — National Volunteer Week

Posted on 04/22/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis year, National Volunteer Week is scheduled for April 21-27 — and according to the HandsOn Network, the week “is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.” NVW often translates into neighborhood work projects, usually involving a combination of paint brushes, garbage bags and brightly colored themed T-shirts. It’s a great time to get things done that may have piled up over the winter — and when everyone gets together to …

What About the Survivors? Wheels of Hope

Posted on 04/3/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the last in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria. En route to the Abuja, Nigeria airport. On our way home. It’s been a week of 10-hour days and the Rotarians are visibly tired. They’ve trudged down countless alleys, endured smoke, dust storms, and long bumpy bus rides. But in spite of these inconveniences, no one would trade this week for anything – …