Today was my last day with the kids from J.O. Kelly. I brought them each a goodie bag to show my appreciation for them. Each student took a turn to read their compositions about the program, and each one touched my heart. I will miss them!
This event was a Q & A panel on sexual assault with four members of the community who work to prevent sexual assaults or they deal with the aftermath. Each of them talked about the various resources that we have on campus that we could go to if we had questions and concerns about a sexual assault case. They also talked about the resources available to us in the community. The panel also touched on the rules that are implemented at the University of Arkansas and what kind of changes they wish to see.
Today we went around in a circle and we each expressed what we did for Thanksgiving and what we ate, as well as what we did over the weekend. Then the children each took turns reading a document about music. Then we played a Christmas bingo game that I made for them.
Today we read an article about music that has had Latino influence. We also went outside to collect leaves which we used to create art for Thanksgiving.
Today, we had some down time and completed a searchword puzzle that had to do with instruments spelled in Spanish which has something to do with our theme of the semester which is music. In the second half of the day, we played a really fun game where we had letters scattered on the floor and we had to spell the Spanish word given to us. It was a great team building experience.
Today we sat around a circle, and re-introduced ourselves to the new students that joined the program. We were to state our name, what grade/school we went to and what we did, where our family was from, as well as give a reason why being bilingual was important. I was proud to hear answers like "it's part of our culture," or "it will help us in our futures." These kids are bright I wish them all the best!
During this week's visit, I was again dumbfounded at the amount of knowledge that this group of kids have. At their age I do not think that I had the much knowledge in regard to the grammatical side of Spanish. Again, I am so glad that they take a part out of their day and join this program.
During the lecture, Dr. Gray, talked about how individuals, as they grow older, are more prone to chronic illnesses. This includes heart diseases and various types of arthritis, but what she emphasized was that not every elderly person goes through this. The idea behind why people's health vary from person to person can in part be attributed to their daily lifestyle. What she encouraged was to find ways of improving your quality of life which can be as little as walking everyday for 30 minutes
I was very pleased to meet the young students that we were going to be mentoring this semester. I was surprised at the amount of students that decided to partake and become part of this program. I hope to become a mentor that will lead this group of youths to success.