Alright, now I'm back, rested and ready to start over about how my first trip to the Boys and Girls club was.
The boys and girls club was not what I had expected. But when I really thought about it, I didn't really have anything in mind that I should have been expecting, so it wasn't a huge shock, it was just different.
To get there, four other people from class and I all got to be crammed into a chevy tracker (not a very big car) and we all rode together down to the club in that. When we pulled into the parking lot, I had noticed that some of the cars had 'The Club' on their steering wheels. Now this might not seem very strange, but in my home town, I had never seen a car with the club on it...ever. This was different to me, but I could accept it and believe it because nicole (the lady organizing our volunteering there) had told us if we were going to be driving, to get a club. That's enough on that, we had all then walked into the building through a set of doors that were made out of solid, clean, glass. When we left though, one of the panes of glass was cracked, a big spiderweb of cracks. It wasn't good. Anyways though, we walked into the club, and were buzzed in through the second set of doors, which in my opinion, is really cool. We filled out the volunteer book, and then met up with Nicole inside. Nicole gave us the grand tour of the place, and I got to see, for the first time ever, what the inside of a boys and girls club looked like. We then all went into a type of conference room and we quick went over some basic rules and she told us a little more about the boys and girls club. Then we were basically off to work. Two of the other volunteers and I all were doing homework, and I'll admit, I had no idea what I was really supposed to be doing. She basically just told us "go help out" and maybe I'm just good at these things, but I wasn't to sure on what exactly I could do. Either way, I eventually found something to do, which was read with a young girl there, I sat and listened as she read. We were only in the homework help area for a half hour maybe, and then homework time ended and a manners session was going on. I didn't know the manners session was going to be in the same room as the homework, so I wasn't in there for it. It was ok though, I really didn't have to be there anyway. I just sort of mingled, along with two other volunteers, around the pool area and played pool with the kids, and tried to get to know them better.
It wasn't so bad now that I think about. It wasn't easy, but I think with time it will get better and easier, I just hope that time comes soon.
Just a quick reminder of some other events that happened there. Someone who had left their keys in their car had their car stolen, kinda scary.
And this concludes the second writing of the first entry, (which is now my third entry) into my blog.Posted by husm0017 at October 8, 2004 8:24 AM