Noah’s Service Experience with the Learning Spring School

The Learning Spring School (source: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/nice-shades-on-new-yorks-learning-spring-school.html)

Ever since my first year at Friends, I have been volunteering at the Learning Spring Elementary School at the corner of 20th Street and 2nd Avenue. Founded in 2001, the school educates high-functioning children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (HF-ASD). Learning Spring helps children from an early age to gain skills that they need to function in the wider world. During my time volunteering at the school, I have helped out wherever I have been needed, from giving kids a hand at the library to teaching them how to type in the computer lab.

I first found out about Learning Spring shortly after I started at Friends Seminary in tenth grade. Hoping to find out about some of the service opportunities nearby Friends, I met with Rachel Peterson, Friends’ Director of Community Service at the time, and she mentioned that Learning Spring would accept student volunteers. She noted that Friends had a partnership with the Learning Spring whereby children from Learning Spring would periodically come to Friends to play with the children there. Volunteering at Learning Spring seemed like a fascinating and rare opportunity, so with Rachel’s help I quickly established my volunteering relationship with the school. During my time volunteering at Learning Spring, I have been able to help make the lives of some of the school’s children just a little better. My time at the school has also made me more patient and understanding as I have helped the children with their behavioral difficulties and have gotten to know both them and the teachers over the years. I have immensely valued my time volunteering at Learning Spring.

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  1. Noah,

    Thanks for sharing some of the benefits you received from volunteering with Learning Spring. I am so glad we were able to arrange for you to volunteer there this year. Because you have volunteered on a regular basis at Learning Spring, the children had a chance to get to know you. Sustained service such as your’s allows for so much more impact because all parties have a chance to develop meaningful interactions. I hope other students who read about your service experience might consider following in your footsteps and choose to volunteer with Learning Spring next year.

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