Each semester, AmeriCorps’ Project MARS collects ‘Great Stories’ from each of our members—entries where they reflect on their experiences mentoring in the classroom and the progress that they see students making. This month’s story comes from Tori Moody
Putting a smile on people’s faces is very important to me. Being kind to people is also important to me because letting my light shine shows others that there is indeed hope in this world even if in their world it doesn’t feel like it. Over these past few months. I have had the privilege to work with some great kids in kindergarten. While working with these kids, I have learned and seen what an impact I have had on them. When I walk into the classroom they all are coming running towards me with their arms wide open and their mouth is grinning from ear to ear displaying how happy they are to see me. Seeing those kids so happy makes me happy also because it lets me know that I am doing something right. If they had a rough night before or a rough morning before school, it doesn’t matter anymore because they are in and at a place were there are more than enough people that truly care about them and their happiness, including me. Even though I have just been in the school for a few months now, I have seen how I am much needed. Not only am I needed for academic assistance, but for just being a friend who shows love and compassion to these cute little kids. A smile is everything to me, but to those little ones it is their whole world. That is why I strive almost every day to put a smile on their faces and show them that they don’t/shouldn’t have to worry about anything else right now in their little life apart from their happiness. Bringing happiness to these little kids is exactly what I am here for. Hopefully I will keep making an impact on them and them on me.