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

October serves as a busy time for corps members. First year corps members are finally getting into the swing of things in their schools: starting to solidify focus groups, planning events such as Literacy night, and receiving various trainings on subjects such as lesson planning and non-traditional teaching techniques. 

My teammates and I have had a smooth transition adjusting to in-school service. We have a wide range of responsibilities including: power greeting in the morning, leading morning meetings, and dressing as our school mascot for the monthly Gator Gathering. The Gator Gathering is a pep rally put on by the school to celebrate the outstanding performance of individuals in the school community. 

On top of all of this, corps members appear eager to bond and serve through out-of-school events. All of this is approached of course with a smile on our faces and a positive can do attitude. In addition to our in school responsibilities, my team has had the opportunity to come together and help other schools with their initiatives: the Beech Street Team leading physical training, the Henry Wilson Team preparing for their Literacy Night, and the Bakersville Team organizing their first community meeting. These opportunities allow my teammates and I to get a glimpse into the service that other teams are taking a part in.  

As the City Year calendar is starting to get into full swing, I am excited to learn what it means to be a corps member. The school year is still young, but my fellow corps members and I are already wearing just a few of the many hats we will be wearing during our year of service.  

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