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March 25, 2007

4th time: Outdoor Adventure

This past time volunteering ended up being a lot of fun. When I got up to the sibling play area there was only a couple kids inside so I thought it might be somewhat uneventful for the day. I put together a few puzzles with a little girl and then a few more kids came into the play area. Since it was such a nice day, I went outside with some kids to hang out in the nice weather. This was the first time I had been to the outside part of the play area and it was actually a pretty sweet hangout spot for the kids. There was a jungle gym, basketball hoop, teeter totter…basically the works. Anyway, I was outside hanging out with two little girls who were very enthusiastic and wanted to go on a treasure hunt.
We began the treasure hunt by finding the treasure map and running around and trying to find the key, the “cave of wonders�, the magic genie and everything else along the way. The one girl decided that she was Jasmine and that I would be Aladdin while we were all running around fighting off the bad guys and trying to find the treasure. Then, another boy began to play with us and he was going to be the bad guy Jaffar. After a while though he didn’t want to be the bad guy anymore so he decided that he was now going to be Peter Pan. Obviously these kids had quite the imagination. After we found the treasure we decided to play a few games of hide and seek. These kids were pretty skilled at hide and seek because the only way I could find them was when they started laughing at me after I couldn’t find them. After this, all the kids left, the girls said “bye Aladdin� and it was about time for me to take off. I shot some hoops with Charles after we cleaned up and then I was out-skies.

March 5, 2007

Week 7: 3rd time: gettin' educated

This past Friday was the third time I volunteered at Children’s. I was a little skeptical about having to take the bus downtown because the weather was pretty wicked that day. I knew it was going to be a sweet day once I stepped into I big puddle trying to make it to the bus stop. After trudging through the awesome weather I finally made it to the hospital without too much trouble. I went down and talked to Ben for a while about spring break and such and let him know when I would and wouldn’t be around to volunteer during break. After a bit, I went to the play area and started doing my thing. After a while, Charles told me that they were closing early so I was only going to be there for about an hour. I played some vids with a little fella which was fun since he was better than me and kept yelling at me for screwin’ up. Once the play area closed, I went down and it was still early so I asked if there was anything I could be doing to help out. Ben decided to get me all trained up for the patients on the various floors throughout the hospital. A girl who was a professional volunteer led me through the checklist and I learned all about standard procedures and how things worked in the different areas. I learned things ranging from where certain toys and games are kept to safety precautions with infants and children with special needs. Walking from room to room was interesting to see how kids spent some of their time. For instance, one boy was playing a football video game while another was just sitting and spending time with her family. Also, many of the children were sleeping or simply not active as it is very understandable that they would be tired. After my training I was now capable of spending time with patients themselves rather than just the siblings of these kids if needed