Ariella’s Experience with Free Arts NYC

In February, I had the opportunity to volunteer at PS 7 for their Family Free Arts Day, hosted by Free Arts NYC. As a volunteer, I got to collaborate on art projects with underprivileged children. I was paired with two girls and we did projects and learned about some of the museums located in NYC. It was interesting to hear different perspectives on the exhibits we learned about and learn stories about what it’s like to attend a different school. I had a lot of fun working with the other students, and it also gave me an opportunity to reflect on the abundance of high-quality materials and resources I have in my daily education. This was a very positive experience and I hope I can participate again next year.

Ariella’s Experience with Flying Manes

This year I had the opportunity to volunteer with Flying Manes on Saturdays for a few weeks. Flying Manes is an organization that uses equine therapy to help kids with mental and physical disabilities. As a volunteer I prepare the horses for lessons, lead the horses, and act as a secondary sidewalker. This experience has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done! I get to pair my love for horses with my passion for community service, and I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best kids and horses during my time there. It’s incredible to see the difference that hippotherapy can make in kids that have trouble walking or expressing themselves. This opportunity has been very impactful in my life and I look forward to volunteering with the Flying Manes summer camp program and continuing to volunteer during the school year.