Todd L. and Megan V.
One of the highlights of my week is every Thursday morning when I get to head over to Buchanan Elementary School and spend 30 minutes helping a fourth-grader with his classwork.
I’m one of about 30 Colleagues who goes to the school each week to tutor and mentor a student. I love that American Fidelity gives me the time away from the office to make a difference in this child’s life.
This is my second year tutoring this student, and I hope to be able to work with him for the rest of his time at Buchanan.
While I do believe I help him better understand reading, math and social studies, my biggest impact on his life probably isn’t seen in the gradebook. This child now gets one-on-one attention each week from an adult who values his education. As a child whose mother works until 11 p.m. each night, he doesn’t often get help with his homework. But I’m there every week to help in areas he’s struggling, and to let him know that his success is important to me.
We don’t always talk only about school. I know he’s grounded for throwing a baseball through the window, and that he’s looking forward to spending time with his uncle and grandmother later this year. For 30 minutes each week, I can specialize in helping this child feel like what he does matters to other people.
That, more than the work we do in the books, will stick with him as he moves out of Buchanan and through the rest of his life.
What are you doing to make a difference in your community?