This past Thursday I had the amazing opportunity to participate for Spoons Across America at PS 132. I knew I was going to work with children but I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Once I arrived and got acquainted with the teachers who helped the students create this feast, I was lead to a station where I would collaborate with another volunteer. We had carrots, celery, peppers, and other ingredients to create a dressing. Our task, was to lead two groups of about 10 kids in prepping these veggies. The children were given these plastic serrated knifes that worked more by force than anything, all for their safety of course.
I have to admit, it was a blast to see these kids working to get this dinner ready. They chopped and talked. Now I understand why Chef Claude likes silence in his kitchen. It was loud, so I had to come up with ways to get their attention and focus on me. It was mostly by asking questions, or showing them tips and tricks on the prepping that I managed my little group.
Once the prepping portion was done, I helped clean up, assign duties, check table settings, and assist in anything to have the cafeteria ready for the parents. Some kids had a great interest in food, others in decorating, while some just wanted to help in any way possible. There were also a few entertainers there, literally the life of the party.
I had a long train ride back home, so I had to leave early, but I left feeling full of life, joy, and pride for the kids we are shaping. I realize that one person can make a difference. All these children made a difference for me. I encourage you to check out any volunteering opportunities with Spoons Across America. They are educational and really fun for everyone!
I hope I see you at the next event! Stay tuned!