When I was 8 years old, my teacher told my parents that I was failing third grade, that I was mentally retarded (a label used frequently in those days) and that I was essentially unteachable.
While the fond memories of family and festivities are still fresh enough to make us smile, let’s commit to spending time with family, friends and loved ones beyond the holidays. And, in the year ahead, let’s not forget to specifically spend time with young people.
My 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"!
Every 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!
AARP Experience Corps Chicago aims to improve child literacy rates among young Chicago Latinos. As the office gears to open in March, Myrna Torres takes her position as Experience Corps Chicago's new Branch Director. Tomas Revollo, a retired principal and educational thought leader, volunteers his time and expertise to connect Experience Corps with current Chicago Public School principals. Both have a deep interest in serving the Latino community, and that interest is invaluable in completing EC's mission.
Experience Corps is hosting a series of community conversations in Chicago with AARP members and the general 50+ public from Jan. 18 through Feb. 16. The conversations, which are scheduled for about 1-1/2 hours, will serve to provide those interested with more information on AARP Experience Corps and the work we do with local schools, as well as an opportunity to learn more about volunteer opportunities to work with children in grades K-3 during the 2013-2014 school year.
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