On Wednesday, November 28, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Team serving at Beech Street Elementary School welcomed over 20 students to City Year’s Starfish Corps afterschool program. Our energy was high and our lesson plan so carefully crafted that our kids loved the one-hour club. Knowing that we have fantastically enriching lessons in the future makes me even more excited. Making children love learning is perhaps our greatest impact, and Starfish Corps is perfect for that.
Putting together an afterschool program was a whole-team effort. Josh Kellogg and Jasmine Black, our hardworking City Year Afterschool Coordinators, led us to success, and teammate Sunny Gaudet directed a skit demonstrating “moccasining”, or empathizing with others. Some of us acted as team leaders, while others directed stations on cleaning-up, listening to directions, and standing in strong circles. Wide smiles and applause suggested that students enjoyed themselves.
I can hardly wait until we start teaching about nutrition, the environment, and needs and wants. Our energy and planning influence the enjoyment and education of our students more deeply than we can fathom, I sometimes think, and that is why I’m so pleased to be part of Beech Street’s Starfish Corps.