Q: How or why did you becoming involved with the Haldeman After School Program?
I found out about the Haldeman After School Program from my professor Dr. Joy L. Gritton – she is one of the co-coordinators and asked me if I would be interested in working with the center as a part of my Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
Q: What kind of work do you do with the students?
I’m responsible for designing the promotional and fundraising materials for the After School Program as well as the Haldeman Center. I’ve designed event flyers, calendars, and even this website for the Haldeman Center in order to raise awareness for the work that they do in the community.
Q: What’s been your most memorable or rewarding experience you’ve had since becoming a volunteer?
Last year, I designed a calendar for the After School Program that featured artwork by the children in the program. The calendars were designed to raise awareness about the program and to serve as a fundraiser. Not only was it rewarding to see the money that the calendars raised but it was really great to hear the positive feedback from the members of the Haldeman community.
Q: Why do you think the Haldeman After School Program is a vital asset to the community?
The After School Program is a definitely a vital asset to the community because it provides a fun, educational, and safe place for students to go after school. I think that programs like this are found too few and too far in-between and should be supported in their current and future endeavors.
Q: What would you say to someone thinking about getting involved with the Haldeman After School Program?
I would suggest that they volunteer for an afternoon to get a firsthand look at the work being done and to take the opportunity to take part in it. Not only will you have fun working with the kids but I think that you’ll walk away with a sense of pride in knowing that you made a positive impact on the students in this community.
Hometown: Salyersville, KY
Graphic Desgin major & Marketing minor at MSU