2016-03-14

Today is March 14 - otherwise known as Pi Day! Pi is a numerical constant, used to reference the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Just as the numbers of pi stay the same, our AmeriCorps members have constants in their service day in and day out:

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3 grade levels at the Merrydale elementary school where AmeriCorps members are dedicating every day to their students. Together we are working to create a strong community and a powerful learning environment. 

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1 chance to gain trust. Walking into a classroom without students knowing you is hard. It's hard for them to trust you. If you break their trust one time, it is hard, if not impossible, to regain it. If I make a promise, I have to keep it. 

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4 ways you can say service: Team, Commitment, Community, City Year. 

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1 Year of Service to Change your life--make the most of each day. When you fall, get up again. Thank those who support you. Love your students. Love your team. Laugh as much as you can. Live in gratitude.

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5 breaths worth of deep thought to explain fractions to a third grader. Concepts of the adult world are broken down and laid out each day in our classrooms. I'm so thankful for my service year, as I've been given the chance to express the knowledge that many of us take for granted as novel and fundamental. City Year truly reveals to its corps members that a strong foundation is pivotal to success. 

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9 distinct parts that make up a day at Capitol Middle. Although each day is different, we can rely on this structure for consistency and small slivers of predictability. Arrival starts us off; usually it is dark. Sometimes on the drive we pass our students. It is nice to see a familiar Capitol Cougars sweatshirt in the morning. We say hello to teachers in the hallway and make our way into the City Year room, where we mentally prepare for the day. At 6:45 we walk to the school's atrium for morning circle; this is followed by morning greeting, then comes class. Sixth is lunch, a break from the day and a short span to spend quality time with our kids. After the day ends, we stand on duty to say "goodbye! See you tomorrow!" to our kids and we go off to run our after school program, Cougar Corps. The day ends as it starts: with a circle. 

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2 semesters of dedicated service, neither of which are long enough. Those semesters fly past between field days, test days, and vacation days. We have two semesters to give everything we can to the students we serve, so every moment counts. 

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6 AmeriCorps members serving at Celerity Crestworth Charter School. It truly takes a village to raise a child. Not one of us could successfully do out job without another. We work together to make better happen. Each day motivating one another, whether its with a simple smile in the halls or bringing donuts as a morning ripple. 

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5 days a week, in schools across the country, City Year is creating a better environment for students to learn and grow. AmeriCorps members teach students everything from how to count from one to ten to how to believe in infinite possibilities.

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3 times the students are fed each day at Melrose Elementary because we know that when a student's basic needs are met, they are better prepared to succeed in the classroom and in life. 

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