I asked fellow corps member Madeline Montgomery about why she serves? Check out her answer.
Why do you serve?
I serve because I can. Because I have energy to spare, and because not to expend it where there is a need would contradict everything I believe about being human.
I serve because I need to. Because the fifth grade girls I teach understand their self worth as a measure of their social success, and because the boys see so many violent role models that they speak threats with every exhale.
I serve because this is unacceptable.
But on the simplest, day-to-day motivating level, I serve because I enjoy serving. Because reading a story for half an hour with a student– a ten-year-old who shoos me away when I approach and snarls when I speak, but is slowly beginning to allow me to sit next to him– gives me such an overwhelming rush of gratitude that I can’t imagine doing anything else.
I serve because I can, because I need to, and because I want to; I am grateful for serving.
-Madeline Montgomery-ISPN member at Carnevale Elementary School and Knight Memorial Library