“I think it’s important because it provides a good example to the other students, it models good parent-child relationships, it shows that it’s good to be involved. I just notice all the kids in the class are always excited when they see a parent here whether it’s me here with Watch D.O.G.S. or when I notice other volunteers. There are many reasons why volunteering is excellent, and just one of them is modeling good relationships.”
“I found out what I’m passionate about and I did it by eating pizza. The thing is I’m passionate about a lot of things, but what I’m most passionate about, you know, being Italian and all in my blood (that’s more like Dracula, but anyway – I’m passionate about food. I love to cook. I love to eat it, oh, I love to eat it. I’ll eat anything, well, I wont eat anything…I really love food. I’m passionate about it.”
“I really enjoy including people in things because, from experience, I‘ve always been put out of things, I don’t know how to explain it. People, like, would leave me out maybe because I’m different and I’m taller and stuff. I don’t know. It just felt like I wouldn’t fit in. I always wanted to include people in things and make them feel wanted.”
“I guess I am passionate about just being happy and making others happy around me or cheering their mood up.”
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to make someone laugh?
“It was a birthday party and like she was sitting there and I put icing all over my face and I rubbed it on hers and, yeah, I messed up all her makeup and stuff.”
“Before, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Now, I know exactly what I want to do, and I’m ready for life after high school. I was planning on enlisting in the military, but Cmdr. Brown has mentored me, telling me that I have officer potential with my knowledge and skills. The instructors really do care about you. They’re not here just to make you do what they want you to do. They actually guide you on the right path and I’m really grateful to them for that. They put me on the right path.”