All the scholars
Bill reading to class
Fun on a KinderPrep field trip
Volunteering in an Oakland Rotary KinderPrep classroom is a life changing experience. One walks in the door of the classroom and instantly falls in love with the wonderful little scholars. Assisting the teacher and working with the young stars becomes not a task, but a labor of love. One also develops a close relationship with the teacher, and it’s difficult to think of anything better to do with one’s time.
When students who say they can’t write their name because “I’m scared” or “I can’t”, and then do it for the first time, it’s priceless. When a frightened girl from war-torn Yemen is crying in class, but soon is drawing happy faces; when a boy from Vietnam who’s house had burned down arrives speaking no English then writes the numbers 1 to 10 on his own; when scholars first learn words and numbers, there is nothing like it in the world.
You also develop friendships outside of class with caring people from school administration and staff, Oakland Public Education Fund, SEEDS, Community Service Officers and others. Your life, as you knew it, is truly changed forever.
Bill Hogan, KinderPrep classroom vounteer at Garfield Elementary.