What’s the best part of having a new baby sister?
“She is so, so, so, so cute!”
“I’ve been driving a bus for 16 years. I like it. I like the kids, I just like it. I go to different places out in the county, I drive out in the county, an academy driver and a regular ed driver.”
What would you do if you weren’t doing this?
“Probably work in a department store or sit at home and let my husband take care of me.”
“For somebody my age, school is so different now than it was then. Volunteering helps you keep your finger on the pulse. It helps you keep current; it keeps you active and you feel like you are doing something for the community. I just enjoy helping the kids. I don’t expect to see any of them on Project Runway, but it exposes them to something else. Maybe when they are in college and they rip their jeans, they can get a needle and thread and fix that seam or sew on a button – things like that. Life skills that we all need. We have a good time.” #VolunteersOfVBCPS
“I’ve always been one of the little kids that loved going to the dentist. When I was about eight years old I would go to the dentist with my grandmother who had Alzheimer’s to help my dentist with her and he like said like “Hey, do you want to help out?” and as a little kid that is so much fun. So I would help out with my grandmother over the years and I just like became more interested. I just started asking questions and then the summer before my freshman year I shadowed so I got to experience the day in the life of dentist and became even more interested in the career.”
“As a former Division I wrestler, I find myself enjoying challenges. Teaching middle school can be very challenging. Whenever I am asked what I do, you can imagine the look on that person’s face when I tell them I teach sixth-grade math. I let them know my job is flat out fun. I get to work with students who are going through one of the biggest changes in their lives. The transition is tough to go from elementary to middle school and I get to be on the front line. My responsibility is to educate, challenge, and make school a great environment for them. I enjoy this challenge and strive to do things better each day, each year.
And, have you ever had a conversation with a middle school student? They are smart, unique, adjusting to big changes in their worlds, hilarious and sometimes just plain awesome.”
“Well, my educational journey is much different than for most students. I am a first-generation American. My main goal in the school system is to make my parents proud and prove to them that their sacrifice to coming to America was worth it. To accomplish this, I became SCA president and involved with my community. My main focus is to serve others and put my best foot forward.”
“I made it for my grandfather. He got me the bracelet in the drawing and those are his dog tags. It’s just to resemble that he made it through and he has the dog tags. Those are my hands. It took me almost a month to draw it because I had lay the dog tags out on my hands while trying to draw with this hand. I was just going to put a random name or design, and my mom said, ‘Well, your grandpa was in the Navy.’ So, it says Ray Melvin Roundtree. The names go from bottom to top.”
“I’m the oldest of 14 children, the father of six and the uncle of 40. I’m a grandfather and my other family is the Marine Corps. Seen a little combat, but my passion is my family. Worked hard, raised my children; got four of them through college. Got my father and sisters taken care of and now working with the grandkids. That’s why I work at an elementary school because I like children, too.”
“The best part of my normal routine is having great opportunities to come to places like the ATC. It’s a great program. I’m very thankful and blessed to have that opportunity and then to go right across the street to the technology academy over at Landstown. I’m very thankful about that. I want to go into the cyber security field.”
(1 of 2) “Look, I’m 82. My grandchildren are in Louisiana, Pittsburgh and Charlotte. And so, I got all this time. Nancye Flynn asked me about volunteering here with reading. I said, ‘I can do that.’ I’m new at it. I really like it. I work with second-graders and fourth-graders, and they are adorable.”
“I’m into weather stuff. I like learning about it and how it forms. Like a hurricane, it forms over the ocean. A tornado is formed by thunderstorms – heavy thunderstorms, bad thunderstorms. And tsunamis, well, what it is is an earthquake under the ocean makes waves, just enormous waves, and makes them crash onto land and makes a flood.”
“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.”