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Reflections on a Year of National Service
Editor's Note: This is the third year that an AmeriCorps or VISTA member from the Federal Way AmeriCorps and VISTA Team has written a reflections column for Volunteer. Ellie Klein has written for Volunteer Today for this past year. She is off to teach in Spain, but will continue as a columnist for VT. Thanks for penetrating columns each month. We wish you well. These columns are a reflections of the impact that volunteering has on someone's life. Enjoy.
Federal Way AmeriCorps and VISTA Team. Established in 1995, the Federal Way AmeriCorps program works to strengthen the Federal Way community through academic tutoring and modeling an ethic of service.
AmeriCorps members in Federal Way serve full time in the Federal Way Public Schools. In addition to tutoring students and developing before and after school programs, members manage two community tutoring programs, implement civic engagement community projects and serve in area service projects. AmeriCorps members also recruit and train community volunteers. For more information on their programs http://www.fwps.org/dept/volunteer/acfw.html
In a recent commencement address at Dartmouth College, Conan O’Brien astutely said, “There are few things more liberating in this life than having your worst fear realized.” As I was saying goodbye to my students over the past month, many of the words I left them with were about persistence, hard work and not being afraid to fail. These ideas were not just cliché lines of hope that I was feeding to them, but rather based upon my observations of them over the past year. I have seen so many of my students inhibit their own efforts because they were afraid to fail. I have seen students stay quiet throughout a class, half-heartedly complete an assignment, or almost purposefully flunk a test, because it was easier for them to chalk up their failure to a lack of effort than a lack of intelligence. To put everything you have into something and then fail – that is hard; that is ego busting; that is heartbreaking.
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