By AJ Topps, AmeriCorps Member, Lincoln Financial and TJX Companies Supported Team,
Serving at Gossler Park Elementary School

In the grand scheme of things ten months may not seem like an extraordinary amount of time. However, the connections, bonds formed, memories shared, and lessons learned will live on past graduation on June 19. Not only have we heard stories from people who have previously been impacted; but now we have also seen first hand how giving a year can truly change the world.

My time at Gossler Park Elementary School has been filled with unforgettable experiences.  As much as I have learned and taken from my time here, I hope my students and the whole school has taken just as much. As the school year is winding to a close, one practice that I have been putting an emphasis on with my students is shining a light on the explicit tools and tips that we have gained over the course of the year. In times of transformation and growth it is often easy to lose sight of where you began and all of the little steps that were taken to arrive where you are in the present. My hope is that through doing this activity and others like it, both my students and I will be able to truly appreciate the experiences of the past year. 

Practices as the one mentioned above are a key way for corps members and students alike to cope with the fact that a majority of us will not be serving in schools next year. Some of our students may not even have a corps member in their class next year but we hope to solidify the tools, pieces of advice, and strategies that they have learned over the year. 


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