The GW Men’s Rowing Team travelled to Savoy Elementary school. We painted two stories of hallways white, as the hallways had too much color before. The school believes one color can calm the kids down more, and help them focus on their studies.
We cleaned up trash around rock creek park, which is where we train.
The showcase presentation most impactful to me was in room 302, and it involved multiple students showing us their videos from their service learning courses. The service learning they did was with a Spanish class, and they worked in the community with Spanish speaking individuals. This was most impactful to me as I have been taking Spanish for many years, and I come from a neighborhood with many immigrants from Spanish speaking countries, who maybe are at a disadvantage of resources because they do not know English well. It was great to see the Spanish community being benefited here in D.C. by enthusiastic students.
From 2:30-3:30, I attended the session in 302 which was a video presentation as opposed to a poster board presentation. Something new I learned about community engaged scholarship is that It can be applied to a specific course subject, such as how the Spanish service learning courses helped Spanish communities in D.C. I had a great time at the symposium.
I volunteered for the 2019 GW Invitational, and spent 7 hours timing races and helping the races go smoothly. We arrived at 6am and set up the boat launches with gas and life jackets, then spent 7 hours timing races and reporting the times back. It was a great time, and it was a rewarding feeling knowing we did our part to ensure that the races could occur smoothly.
Today we went to So Others Might Eat, and assisted in their lunch shift. We helped serve lunch, pour coffee and milk, and clean up. Additionally, we chatted with those receiving food and gave smiles. Overall there were great attitudes and people at the location, and it was a great experience to talk to people going through tough times.
We traveled to Catholic University to watch our coaches and captain jump in the pool to support the Special Olympics. It was a great time watching our coaches do cannonballs into a cold tub, and it was for a great cause.
We completed our sexual education and officially graduated as Grassroots coaches. We met with a principal, and PE teacher from local schools and discussed how to effectively coach young students on sexual health. This session of community was extremely beneficial to directly talk to teachers and an assistant principal on how to do future teaching in the best way possibly. I am very excited to continue working with Grassroots throughout the semester!
We were further educated and trained towards becoming Grassroots DC coaches. This will allow us to teach in schools about the importance of sexual education. The hours of service were very beneficial, and I prepared to go into schools and continue working with Grassroots throughout the semester.
Each week we traveled 30 minutes each way to KIPP, an all boys school in Northern Washington D.C. For one hour a week we worked with The Grassroots Project at this school. The Grassroots Project is a program of student athletes where you teach sixth grade students on the importance of sexual education through fun educational games. The opportunity to work with these kids over an 8 week period was amazing, and it truly helped me develop as a first year student. I truly enjoyed working with kids and I believe it helped my success in UW 1050-49 with Pamela Presser.
We played informational games and were educated on how to teach sexual education to kids in sixth grade. The session was very informative in preparation for next week, where I will begin going into schools to teach about sexual education. The hours of service were very beneficial, and I am excited to continue with Grassroots DC.