I truly believe that God brought me in to this world to teach, love and work with children. I was blessed to be a 1st grade teacher and now I am blessed to be a mommy and a step-mom. I am not always able to volunteer for church events since I stay home with my son. So when the opportunity to volunteer and be a Reading Book Buddy at Spann was presented to me I thought WOW! What a great opportunity for me to love our neighbors, work with children and give back to our church community.
Going every Wednesday to Spann and reading and working with my Buddy was just a small part of my day but I know in meant the world to my Buddy. He was full of smiles when he saw me and was so grateful for all of our talks and my help. We had a wonderful relationship and I really enjoyed our friendship last school year. Walking down the halls at Spann was truly eye opening,It really humbled me and made me stop to think about all the gifts that God has given me. It made me so happy that I felt like I was giving back to these kids and to their school.
As adults we never know how much of an impact we are making in children’s lives. Sometimes we are able to see the progress and the positive results/friendships that are forming, sometimes we find out later in life what a difference we made and sometimes we just have to trust God that we are doing good and making a difference. A wise friend once said to me,” If we can make a difference in one child’s life then it was a success.”
Being a leader for Christ in my family and in our church community is very important to me. I take that role very seriously. I try to set good examples for my family and friends. My mother has been a volunteer and given back to her community for over 50 years. She has set a wonderful example for me to follow. I learned at a young age about volunteering and giving back to your community. I am so grateful for the opportunity to give back to our church neighborhood and volunteer with the sweet students at Spann Elementary.
I know it has made a difference in my life and I hope its made a difference in some of the children’s lives I have touched at Spann.