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Curtis Schmitz

ASB has truly reinforced my desire to be a teacher, where everyday I will get to not only teach students but learn from them as well, just like I did in Oroville for ASB.

Which community did you volunteer at, and what did you work on while you were there?

I volunteered at Oroville Elementary School in Oroville, Washington. We worked with 3rd and 4th graders through the process of becoming an author of their own story, based on times they were compassionate or witness compassion. We made single signature books that they got to keep and had their stories published in a magazine that they all received as well.

How has being a part of ASB impacted your goals and dreams for the future?

ASB has truly reinforced my desire to be a teacher, where everyday I will get to not only teach students but learn from them as well, just like I did in Oroville for ASB. On top of that, ASB has opened my eyes to the effectiveness that creative projects, such as making books and writing personal stories, can be for teaching all types of students. I hope to implement and encourage such creativity when I become a teacher!

What is a favorite memory you have during your time with ASB?

One of my favorite memories was playing soccer with students at recess. It was the most fun, and stressful, recess I’ve ever been to because there must have been 35 students that joined because we were there. Despite being constantly worried about someone getting hurt under my supervision, I really enjoyed getting to connect further with the students in an environment that they themselves loved, and seeing the excitement in their faces when I enjoyed it as much as they did.

Interested in being apart of the 2018 Literacy Arts Alternative Spring Break? Applications open Monday, November 13th!