By Cady Hickman, corps member serving at Parker-Varney Elementary School
“It’s really inspiring what you do. And you have so much energy!” That was spoken to me yesterday, as I discussed what I do with City Year New Hampshire. It was spoken by a special education teacher who had never heard of City Year previously, and it resonated with me. Not because she found my story inspiring, but that she was a teacher-someone who I find inspiring-who was listening to my story and finding herself impacted.
My story is that of an idealistic young woman who was close to not having the opportunity to serve in her school. She would not have been able to work with the students of Parker-Varney elementary. Even the idea is upsetting. A year served by a team of seven corps members may not have happened at all. The students are not the only ones to have been impacted; corps members, the school, the community we serve, families, educators-even people who have never seen our service directly!
Who can I thank, and how can I express in words the joy they have brought us, and the difference in the lives of our students that they have helped ensure? Dartmouth-Hitchcock, one of the nation’s leading health care programs, and TJX Companies, a high-ranked company on Fortune 500 known for providing quality affordable apparel and home fashions to their customers, have undoubtedly earned my sincerest gratitude. Out of the kindness of their hearts, they decided to be team supporters of a team at City Year New Hampshire. A team that was in danger of not existing this year. They helped seven idealistic individuals give a year in order to better secure a promising future for the future of our country and our world.
Thank you for supporting the team serving at Parker-Varney elementary school. Thank you for promising that our students will be more likely to graduate high school. Thank you for ensuring more future leaders will be moving on after high school with the knowledge they need to be successful. Thank you for helping me make sure my ELA (English Language Arts) focus list students went up a reading level during the first trimester. Thank you for allowing me to serve ten hours a day and still leave work with a grin, to be able to work with my students, and to have parents say “I don’t know how, but you got her to read!”
My story, and the stories of others impacted by the team at Parker-Varney, exist because of you. Thank you! Sincerely, The Parker-Varney team supported by Dartmouth-Hitchcock and TJX Companies