By Gabriel Horton, corps member serving at Beech Street Elementary School
It all started with a brainstorm at the office of City Year New Hampshire. The topic chosen for our math night was, “How many fish in the sea?” Our teammate Mollie who serves as the team math coordinator led the event along with the rest of our Beech Street team, school administration, and volunteer help. Mollie divided the work of preparing for our math night evenly among the teammates and set deadlines for us as we began getting ready for our first event as a team.
In addition, Mollie gave everyone a deadline for a concept for their perspective booth. She was a very excited and highly enthusiastic leader who made it hard to drop the ball. She also monitored the progress of the team and suggested feedback as well as follow-ups. She provided intensive resources for the team members who seemed to have a hard time with ideas for their booths.
Mollie led the team well with the help of our program manager and our team leader. The different deadlines all had a purpose and played a critical role in spreading the word. The Marketing and Communications team created flyers and posted on social media advertising the event. The team created notes and reminders to send out to the families of students.
The walk through was held on the eve of the math night itself to finalize last minute decisions and logistics confirmations. The math night took place on November 14th from 6-7:30pm drawing over two hundred people in attendance. The volunteers were on time and ready to work. The comments that arose from the night included that the event was very organized, well-planned, and the Principal even sent out an appreciation email thanking the staff and City Year. It was the first big event for the Beech Street community since we have joined it. It’s a pleasure to hear student say they had fun. A night filled with math and countless people looking forward to the next event is what really “counts,” get it? counts.