Final Trip to A.C.E.S. @ Cityview
As with my first trip this year to A.C.E.S., because of a long layoff, I got a little lost on the bus transfers. Luckily, I made it there with a few minutes to spare. I was the only general volunteer to make it in today, probably because it is finals week. I teamed up with Chad because he was covering for a leader who couldn't make it today, and he needed someone to watch the kids if he had to step out. Our group worked on decorating paper grocery bags for an organization that delivers groceries to people with HIV/AIDS, MS, or other debilitating diseases that would make it difficult to go get groceries. The group was a relatively orderly group of about 12 4th graders, so it didn't get too out of control while they were decorating their bags whenever Chad was not around.
Buttt, some of the kids learned a "fun" class distractor that I also learned at that age: poppers. To make a "popper", you fold a piece of paper twice, pull out the inside fold slightly, then whip your arm down and the "popper" should make a loud pop. First it was just 1 or 2 kids who were popping them in the corners, but when they started to run around, the poppers spread throughout the class. When it started to get a little out of hand and I was the only "adult" in the room, I took it upon myself to whip up a popper of my own in order to get the class's attention. When the did pop it (the loudest pop of the day, I might add) though, besides their amazement that their awkward white "teacher" could make a popper, I became an impromptu teacher of how to make a popper. Rather than actually teach them, I only showed them the basics, so as to not ruin the next rest of the year for the 4th grade teachers at Cityview. By the time Chad came back from making his rounds, all the kids had finished their bags and were pretty much under control. After clean up, Chad gathered all the groups into the pod to present student of the month awards as well as the presentation of the writing contest winners. Once all of the kids had received their awards, we made a short trip to the gym to run around before the kids headed home. Afterwhich, I thanked Chad for a good year, and made my final trip back on the 22. I really enjoyed my time at A.C.E.S. this year and I hope to help again in the future.