Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Volunteering and The Gift of StarShine

In about three weeks I will begin my 7th year of volunteering at StarShine. I’m anxious to get back to my weekly visit with all of the children.  It is such a blessing to be surrounded by loving children.
After much thought, I decided to limit some of my activities at the school.
This year I will be librarian and reader of books. That is exactly what I did the first year I volunteered. I had decided not to continue the girls’ clubs I started and loved doing. For four years I have had the pleasure of meeting with high school girls to discuss etiquette and fashion and exchange life stories. There have been wonderful girls that I will never forget. Last year I formed an etiquette club for the 3rd through 6th grade girls.  The girls were fabulous, always there, always on time, taking notes, and laughing as they walked around the room with a book on their head.
That was my plan last month. Two weeks ago, two of my friends, one who has volunteered at the school for several years, and the other who has brought special gifts to the students, offered to partner with me in the Matters Manners Etiquette Club if I would continue it.  How could I not agree?  So, with Helen and Patty, it looks as though we will have an etiquette club.  We plan to offer a six week course starting in January.
I’m looking forward to reading to the Kindergarten through 6th grade students and providing interesting books for the library, as well as meeting with the young girls.    
Being a part of StarShine has been such a gift to me, I never want to leave.  
by Lois Jamieson
If you enjoyed this inspirational Kids Without Stuff story about volunteering,
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