It’s 4:48 a.m. In two minutes, Sarah’s alarm would go off. Staying in bed would be so easy, but she thinks of her student, Bryanna, who escapes reality through video games and still struggles with reading. Then there’s Alex whose face lit up when he got his first “A” in math. In an hour or so, they would be on their way to school. Sarah jumps out of bed and grabs her jacket and gets ready for the day ahead. She’s committed to helping her students succeed. In doing so, she’s helping to increase graduation rates in Boston and changing the lives of the students she works with every day.

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When you serve with City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock, every day is a chance to make a difference.  With school schedules, community outreach and leadership opportunities, no two days as a corps member will be exactly the same.

Here is an example of what one day on a City Year in-school service team might look like:

  • 7:15 a.m. – Circle with your team. Go through readiness check and write down morning announcements.  Break out for morning groups.
  • 7:50 a.m. – Meet with your team for after-school program planning. Use additional time to prepare lesson plans for literacy tutoring.
  • 8:30 a.m. – Greet Ms. Rainey and pick up Tyrese for literacy tutoring. Continue to tutor in twenty minute blocks until lunch.
  • 11:00 a.m. – Eat lunch before afternoon tutoring sessions begin (sit with Karyn today as her “lunch buddy”).
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Back-to-back tutoring sessions:
    • Meet with Jose to work on single-digit addition.
    • Work through “The Little Engine That Could” with Demarchay.  Make sure he sounds out any words he can’t read.
    • Go over Chris’ last spelling test and help with words he missed.
    • One-on-One Tutoring
  • 1:30 p.m. – Students at assembly; use time to plan Starfish Corps Parent Celebration in two weeks.
  • 2:00 p.m. – Circle up with Team to set up activities for Starfish Corps after-school curriculum.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Pick up 10 students from Ms. Terry’s class for Starfish Corps. Lead a group of 5-10 3rd-5th grade students through curriculum activities. This week’s topic is dental hygiene.
  • 4:45 p.m. – Debrief the day and Starfish Corps with the team.
  • 5:00 p.m. – Travel home and get some rest for tomorrow!