Kicking Off the Corps Year at Simon Elementary School


by Isabel Huston, senior corps member on The Case Foundation Team serving at Simon Elementary School

On Tuesday, September 6 at 8:00 am The Case Foundation Team serving at Simon Elementary School—along with the rest of the 2011-2012 City Year Washington, DC Corps—started their first full week of in school service. After a month of Basic Training Academy, corps members were itching to get a chance to work with the students they had spent so much time hearing about. The first week was a whirlwind of new experiences for all.

At Simon, corps members are serving in every classroom from kindergarten through fifth grade. Corps members had their first chance to tackle the ABC’s (attendance, behavior, and course performance), trying throughout morning greeting, in-classroom support, and after school clubs to make school a fun and exciting place where all students feel they can learn.

All week, during lunch, planning time, and our bus rides to and from school my team members shared their first week successes and challenges with each other. Across the board, no matter the grade or teacher a corps member was serving with, everyone was excited and ready to get a chance to bond with their students.

As a team leader, I look forward to seeing the impact my team’s enthusiasm and passion will have on the students at Simon. And, judging from the creativity and energy that this year’s corps brought to Basic Training Academy, the same can be said for our other teams serving across the city!

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