At the Center we learned about the harsh reality for those who live there. While at the Center, we get to meet the guests who are kind loving people. We tend to see ourselves differently than those living on the streets but, in reality, we are quite similar. They are normal people like you and me, they have just fallen on hard times. And the majority of homeless people in our country are children. That fact was a real eye-opener. Especially after seeing the rooms that families at the Center have to share. The center helps us to become far more appreciative than we ever would be without this incredible experience. We have many trips to the Center on the way and many Montessori graduates continue to go after eighth grade. Now on to what the seventh year have to say about their service at school.
While the eighth years are at the Center for the Homeless, the seventh years are working around the school. Work consists of helping in Early Childhood, Lower El, at the Front Desk, in the Library, and for Ms. Lauren. It really teaches us about the different people at school, that we usually will not be able to spend time with. It has been an interesting experience and all of us have really enjoyed it.
In Early Childhood we help the teachers with their problems, as well as the children. When the kids need help they ask the Junior High to assist them with their work. The kids really enjoy when we come because they really feel the support we give to help them, to be a more successful learner. The Early Childhood students request the Junior High students because they really enjoy our help and care.