Member's Stories

Superior AmeriCorps members share a few of their "Great Stories." These are just some of the amazing stories that members have submitted throughout the 2011-2012 program year. Serving with AmeriCorps truly is a rewarding experience.

I have been working with a child every day that he is in school. We work with his ABC's. Some days we read ABC books or we play ABC board games. We even do ABC puzzles. I started working one-on-one with this child after I assessed all of the children in our class. The assessment determined how many letters they could identify. This child was only able to identify one letter of the alphabet. After working with him for one month, I reassessed him. He was able to identify nineteen letters. I was so proud of how far he has come in our classroom. He truly wants to learn, and he gets that extra time with me to do so. The look on his face when we were all done with his new assessment (he identified all of the letters) was incredible. He was glowing with excitement and I feel that I have really helped him in his success. 

-Jolena, 2011-2012 Superior AmeriCorps member

This fall I was assigned a seventh grade reading/writing workshop class. Shortly after that, a seventh grade girl from that class started coming to after-school tutoring. She was incredibly shy and did her math homework down in her lap, off of the table, so we couldn't see what she was doing. She kept returning to tutoring though, and became less and less shy each time. One day, her dad came to pick her up and asked to talk with me. He told me a bit about her situation and said that she was failing all of her classes.

That's when the other district AmeriCorps volunteer and I started getting more hardcore about organization and pushing her to keep track of her new and missing assignments. We got her a binder to keep all of her homework in and a planner to keep track of her assignments. She's been using them.

I've been pulling her out of the reading/writing workshop class each day and working on missing assignments for the hour. She also comes to after-school tutoring every day for an hour or two. Since we provided the organizational help, she has turned in all of her missing math, English, and science assignments. She went from failing all seven classes to passing three. She improved her math grade by 25%. Her attitude about school and grades has greatly improved. She's less shy. She is learning to approach her teachers and ask for missing assignments or permission to turn assignments in late. She now takes pride in her work, and so does her dad. She is more confident about school and much happier to be there. 

-Emily, 2011-2012 Superior AmeriCorps member

I've known this particular kindergarten student since the summer Great Explorations program.  During the summer he required help with everything. He couldn't take off his backpack, put on his shoes or get dressed for swimming.

I found out that at home he didn’t have to do too many things himself. He has a single mother and grandparents who love to baby him. Every day when he would walk in, his grandmother would help him remove his sweatshirt and backpack. If his grandma forgot to help him right away with his sweater he wouldn't take it off on his own, he would have her do it.

When this school year started and my service year began I was placed in his classroom for a few hours every morning. All of the kindergarteners in his class needed quite a bit of help, but he usually required help with everything.

A month and a half went by and nothing was clicking with him. He still had no desire to do things for himself until one day at lunch I decided it was time to end the dependence. I was about to help him with his milk when I realized I was feeding into his problem of not letting him be independent. I told him I would show him how to open his milk but he had to do it for himself from now on. He caught on right away! I couldn't believe it. Maybe he needed someone to show confidence in his ability to do things himself.

After that, he was so eager to learn everything he wasn't doing before. Every time I saw him he asked me to help with a new skill. He can now: put on and take off his sweater, button his pants, put on his shoes, open his milk and help zip other children's sweaters. He is now a happier, more independent child and I am so excited to have been a big part of his improvement.

-Erin, 2011-2012 Superior AmeriCorps member

Please note that there are dozens of stories like these every year. You will have similar experiences; you will see the power of your service form happy miracles every week. Are you ready to make a difference in a child’s life? In Superior AmeriCorps, we do make a difference!