Although I have not attended as much as I would like (because I have homework) The times I went were amazing. I was able to introduce the organization to 4 Agnes Scott Students. They loved it as well and have repeatedly joined me. The interactions with the women are always unique.This semester I say a lot more children. This really broke my heart because the conditions is which they are growing up in are truly not adequate for a child. I had a conversation with a fifth grader one night, and he was telling me of what he wants to do when he grows up, and how he doesn't want to stay near where he is now. He wants to be a basketball player and his favorite subject was math. Such interactions make me excited to pray for them, and really get me thinking about they dynamics of the City of Atlanta.
It was my first time attending a live auction! I was assigned the role of Silent/Live Auction volunteer. I worked the ipads during the silent auction. The most exciting part was the live auction, it was very high energy! What I did was every time a person raised their biding number, I had to write their number down. It started of pretty slow (with the higher amounts) but then I was writing numbers very fast. The speakers voice was exactly like the auction speakers in movies!
Returning as a volunteer at the Atlanta Dream Center has been a blast. I have seen some familiar faces within the homeless population, and have heard of positive things happening to some of the people I use to see there. I love engaging in conversation with friends there, they always teach me something new or give me invaluable advice! Of course I thank God for putting them in my life : ) I really have tried to go every Thursday because I have learned how much consistency matters in sort of relationship building.
Overall the semester has been going great! We started the semester reviewing the topics we had learned about and then going over what the students think would be most interesting to learn about. Usually I begin preparing at 1:00pm and leave to the DHA from Agnes around 2:30pm, there I set-up the classroom. Finally we finish curriculum around 5:00 or 5:30 (depending on the day). One of my favorite activities was when we went outside, built a tent, and went over some basic wilderness survival. I really saw the students working together and not yelling too much at each other (like the usually do!) It also brings me great joy to see when the students remember the topics that they have learned.
This weeks curriculum was centered around Climate Change. Kids reviewed the concepts we learned in the previoous weeks and we applied it to current day issues, like climate change. We explained how Climate change works, and watched a portion of the film "Chasing Ice" followed by a discussion on what Kids can be doing.
This weeks curriculum focused on urban watershed storm water and the treatment processes it undergoes. Kids walked around the Housing Authority Building and took pictures of things that promote the cycling of water vs things that do not. Kids also conducted an experimental design to investigate the best means of cleaning storm water.
Went out to areas high in human trafficking to let women know the are loved by God. We help a couple conversations, including one with the hotel owner where we were able to leave some of our cards, for women to call us. On the other van, one woman agreed to leave the life of addiction and sex trafficking!!!! An absolutely amazing moment and all to attributed to God. <3
Amazing environmental education program planned and coordinated by Agnes Scott Student. Fourth and fifth graders learned of basic water sustainability practices, and the importance of maintaining a healthy watershed. 2 hours went for the planning curriculum set-up while 2 hours were spent educating the children through hands-on activities.