This past semester, the STAR Program has worked with Northfield Elementary school’s fifth graders on various projects. We built debris shelters, roasted marshmallows over fires that they had constructed themselves, and taught them different things about colonial America. In my personal opinion, this is one of the best, and most rewarding activities we do in the program. Seeing the smiles on the kid’s faces when I’m teaching them something new and cool, is the best feeling in the world.
The kids we work with just want to learn new skills, and want to be able to experiment with the things around them. I think as we get older we are forced to lose that sense of adventure and awe, and replace it with a sense conformity. Being able to be around that again, even if it is just for a few hours, makes my week infinitely more tolerable. Most of the time in school, the students are ushered through the halls, and are forced into a schedule that we have no input on. With this opportunity, the Elementary students get a little break from ordinary life, and we get to experience the outcomes!