Project MARS/AmeriCorps collects “Great Stories” from its members in which they reflect on their experiences mentoring in the classroom and the progress they see students making. This month’s story was written by April Dehart.
I am so grateful I made the decision to come back and serve this school year. At the beginning of the school year, we took four first-grade classes on our first field trip to a pumpkin patch. Let me tell you, we had a great time, picking pumpkins and going through a corn maze (that was an experience). We learned about different types of pumpkins. The kiddos enjoyed this experience so much. A whole other school was there as well.
But I also learned, do not let your guard down. We had a boy wander off, and we didn’t see him. Let’s just say I was panicking.
The lesson I learned is to have eyes in the back of your head. Even though you have years of experience serving children, you can still have one who keeps you on your toes.