Education Fellows and VISTAs at The Learning Community

What does an AmeriCorps Education Fellow, at The Learning Community, a public charter school in Central Falls, do all day?

My name is Marisa Gonzalez, and I have the opportunity to serve at a great place! AmeriCorps members at The Learning Community are either Education Fellows or VISTAs. I am a part of the Ed Fellow Team, which works with all of the students (Kindergarten through 8th grade), in one-on-ones, small groups, arrival, study halls, electives, afterschool and homework centers. Most AmeriCorps members are with these fantastic students for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — with a snack or two in between. For a well-planned day, problem solving and quick thinking are required to navigate all of these responsibilities. AmeriCorps members are always looking for ways to improve the school day. During middle grade lunch, I worked with students on ways to improve clean up and dismissal times to ensure smoother transitions. Smooth transitions are important for students because they give students a good sense of organization, repetition and scheduling.

Within the Ed Fellow Team there are three smaller cohorts: English Language Development (ELD), Reading, and Math. Each cohort of Ed Fellows works with targeted students in their specialty. Every Ed Fellow has a different schedule, different students and usually teaches their own middle grade elective. I am a part of the ELD team and I teach American Sign Language for my elective. I really enjoy working with different languages.

Our VISTA team shares some of these same responsibilities as well as having their own projects and unique contributions to add to the community we work in. All together we make up The Learning Community AmeriCorps team, and love having this opportunity to serve.

Below Education Fellows spending a chilly Fall Sunday together at Dame Farm- a hay ride, a corn maze and of course caramel apples!
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Donations Needed for Crossroads Camp!

Please post this flyer at your service sites if possible, thank you! Email me with any questions.

 

Donation Flyer 2014, Goods

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Crossroads Camp

Every year, OSEEC works together with its service sites and members of the community in order to host a camp for children that are temporarily living at Crossroads Rhode Island, the leading homeless services organization in the state. Through Crossroads Camp, the homeless youth of Crossroads RI will visit three of OSEEC’s partner sites: Save the Bay, Norman Bird Sanctuary, and the Roger Williams Park Zoo, in addition to local parks and natural areas in mid-August.

Currently, we are working at securing food donations for daily breakfast, snacks, and lunch for every child. We are also accepting donations of: Backpacks, Towels, Reusable water bottles, Bottles of sunscreen, Rash guards, and Snorkel gear.

We’ve compiled a list of possible donation sites that we will be soliciting, but if anyone else has any information, tips, or would like to donate, please feel free to contact myself at fdandrea@oseec.org or Gerlisa at ggarrett@oseec.org.

Thanks for all of your help!

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Volunteer Opportunity

There is an exciting opportunity for volunteer hours in the library this summer for students interested in gaining library experience. 

The library is looking for volunteers to help tag books, enabling them to be checked in and out. It is a low-impact opportunity! Not a lot of standing and you get to see our extensive collection!

If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please put them in contact with our Head of Circulation, Donna Snead at (401) 455-8000 or at dsnead@provlib.org.

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Life After AmeriCorps

After two years with the AmeriCorps, I can’t believe that my time in service is almost over! It has so profoundly affected who I am and how I exist in the world around me.

I have spent my time with Ready to Learn Providence at the Providence Public Library and it has shaped not only my time in the AmeriCorps, but also my future career plans. My plans after AmeriCorps are to go to library school at the University of Pittsburgh and specialize in public library work. My time working in a public library has shaped my view of the work that public libraries can do and the profound impact that they can have on a community. I am so excited to give back to my community in this meaningful way, and my time in the AmeriCorps has made this opportunity possible.

I am so excited to begin my career, but I know that my connection with the AmeriCorps does not end after my time of service. I intend on being an engaged alumna and staying connected with the important work that the AmeriCorps performs, both on the ground and behind the scenes.

My experiences have changed my life. I hope that whoever fills my position gets the same opportunities I did to lead, listen and learn because that is what our term of service is for. You enter as one thing, and leave as something completely different. At least that’s what happened to me.

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(Sadly I’m too lazy to get photo releases for the kids, or I would have more story time pictures! However, look at all the stuff Ready to Learn Providence does!)

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Future Plans from a MuseumCorps Educator!

Prior to my year of service I often found myself struggling to find my passion. Throughout my life, I swore that my perfect fit was somewhere in the medical field.  Then I got some experience in the medical field. I took notice that the only real time that I was actually happy in a medical office was when a child was the patient.

Realizing my love for being around children prompted me to search high and low for opportunities that would provide me with experience to see if I was cut out for working with children. First, I found the Children’s Museum then I found out about AmeriCorps there.

 Through my year of service I was exposed to early education through the Head Start program. We worked closely with over 50 classrooms and I was able to see the different dynamics in them all. While we were working one-on-one with the children I could envision myself being their teacher full-time. Most times I found myself longing for my own preschool classroom with my own set of children who I could learn and grow from while effectively guiding them through their early years.

I registered full-time at CCRI in the Early Childhood Education program this fall. I have my year of service to thank for preparing me for the year to come and for helping me discover where I want to focus my dedication.

-Vanessa Guerrero, HeadStart Team

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P.R.I.D.E. at Emma G. Whiteknact Elementary School

The EBCAP AmeriCorps Team   had our April service project at The Emma G. WhiteKnact Elementary School in East Providence. The motto of this school is P.R.I.D.E. which stands for Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline and Excellence. The school has even named their hallways after the five principles. The only problem was that the school did not have the motto in clear site for everyone to see. The EBCAP AmeriCorps Team spent the day at the school panting their motto on their gym/ lunchroom wall.  It was a great way for the team to bond and give back at the same time.

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