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More than Reading

By Richard Hayes, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Back in August, I knew why I was serving. Well, I was pretty sure. I was confident that helping children learn how to read is an effective use of time. I knew that via the nature of this work, I could learn, grow, and ultimately better myself as […]

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Serving Together, Apart

By Daisy Martinez, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor What an interesting service year this has turned out to be. I didn’t expect half of my second semester to be full of virtual meetings, but then again, no one really did. As much as I want to be with my kiddos, I think this is an interesting […]

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Children are Happiness

By Diana Cabrera, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor An intruding sound interrupts my dreams.It’s my alarm clock.It’s 5:15 in the morning.Time to get dressed Pack my lunchAnd catch the busBut all I want to do is sleep. I hear the crunching of the leaves And the splashing of puddlesUnder my feetAs I walk with my eyes half-open, half-closedUnder […]

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11 Students

By Madison Hess, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor I wish I would have known that Thursday that I would potentially never see you again. It is true I have taken for granted the smiles, the laughs, and the passion in your eyes. Eleven students who have found a place in my heart, are going through the […]

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Zooming into a New Role

By Brittany Barcliff, 2018-2019, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor As all of Literacy First knows, life has been different lately. Our 7:30 a.m. morning rituals with our team of tutors have shifted to quiet home-bound Zoom meetings. The boisterous noise of students, each working their way through a new story or skill has hushed to the […]

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Mourning the Meaning

By Rachel Clink, 2018-2020 Literacy First Tutor When I went to work on March 12th, I had no idea that it would be my last day at Ortega Elementary. I knew it would be my last day at work before spring break as I had the next day off to spend with family. That last […]

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What National Service Means to Me

By Josi Carder, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor AmeriCorps has forever shifted my perception on work. In high school and college, you learn that the virtues of the workforce inculcate a sense that hard work is to be a direct exchange of monetary value. We work so that we can make enough money to live a […]

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11 a.m. on a Wednesday

By McKenna May, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor It’s 11 a.m. on a Wednesday and I’m sitting at home, on my couch, trying to type with a dog on my lap. This doesn’t seem like a bad place to be. I love my dog and this couch is very comfy. If this were a weekend or […]

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Grow as You Go

By Diana Cabrera, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Becoming a Literacy First tutor has been one of the most spontaneous events in my life. While I theoretically enjoyed working with children, I never imagined myself at a desk working on reading fluency with a young student. It was one of the best decisions I have ever […]

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My First Student

By Bailey Barfield, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor As I get acclimated to this new normal of sheltering in place, I have had a lot of time to reflect on my service year up to this point. On the Monday when we all should have been returning to school after spring break, I found myself thinking […]

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