I had a great time being the scorekeeper for Friends Varsity Basketball for the second year in a row. I score kept for all home and away games and went to Arizona over winter break to help score the team there. I helped to compile player’s individual and as well as team statistics for every game as well as the season as a whole. I also filled in for Andrew Harsh when other basketball team’s games needed scorers. It is a great position to have as you get to interact with the team throughout the season and work with numbers.
I really enjoyed my service for this year. I had a great time scorekeeping basketball games and it taught me a lot about statistics and officiating. I also learned a lot giving a tour for Kristen Fairey’s history class. It was a satisfying experience to lead tours for burrowing through the burrows. I enjoyed teaching the people on the tour about the area near Friends. I am looking forward to doing service next year.
Doing service this year was a very good and well-rounding experience for me. I learned a lot and it will prepare me for future tasks. The highlight of my service this year was volunteering at the explorers club. I looked through slides and put their descriptions into a database. They were slides from Robert Peary’s expedition to the north pole. The slides were black and white images, sometimes painted in color, that had been put into glass and preserved. Many people will look at the explorers club database and see the work I have done. I feel good knowing that I have helped this non-profit organization out and knowing I have developed the skills I have. It was great working with actual artifacts from real expeditions. I am thankful that I did this service this year.
YPI Service Learning Reflection
Before my group started researching illiteracy and went to Reading Partners, I did not think that illiteracy was an important issue at all. I thought that we were not going to be taken seriously as there are many other more saddening and personally effecting issues. However, as I begun to study the issue I realized that illiteracy is a very striking and prominent issue in the world today. Not only is it a social issue around the world, but as I found out it was very prominent in New York. I did not like the fact that the city I live in had low literacy rates compared to other cities across the U.S. This made me really try to win the $5,000 grant, whereas before I did not have motivation to do well and put in a good amount of effort into this project.
I found that a big challenge during the project was working together in groups. It was hard to bring the group back together after we had disagreed on something important. We realized that we had to work together if we wanted to have a successful presentation and show that our social issue is important. It was also challenging in a big group to have everybody pay attention. There were often side conversations which distracted the group from working as a team, and we could have done better if we had focused more often.