Q: How or why did you becoming involved with the Haldeman After School Program?
It was required to do a service learning project for my Introduction to Appalachia course. We had to do some type of volunteering at the Haldeman Center and I just continued to come back because I loved working with the kids.
Q: What kind of work do you do with the students?
I mostly helped with homework.
Q: What’s been your most memorable or rewarding experience you’ve had since becoming a volunteer?
The fall festival last semester was by far my most memorable experience, I was working the fish pond and seeing how happy the kids were to get their prizes made me just as happy, if not happier.
Q: Why do you think the Haldeman After School Program is a vital asset to the community?
I think giving the kids somewhere to go after school to do their homework and stay active is obviously very important, but more than that, everyone who volunteers in the program is wonderful and at such a young age it is so important that these kids have good role models to look up to.
Q: What would you say to someone thinking about getting involved with the Haldeman After School Program?
It’s a wonderful and truly rewarding thing to be involved with. Everyone volunteering is fantastic and such a joy to be around and the children keep it interesting and so much fun.
Hometown: Hazard, KY
Mathematics Education Major at MSU