Friday, April 28, 2017

Summer is Coming

With the month of April coming to a close, so is my career at KIPP. I was so very fortunate to embark on my journey there nearly a year ago . First and foremost, I learned that seemingly small acts of kindness should not be judged as such to the performer. I was consistently met with a plethora of gratitude and thanks for task that I considered to be minuscule in nature.

This month where my classmate and I set up chairs in the auditorium for the after school bash. We were invited to stay around and watch some of the kids perform there many routines.  My personal favorite was when 6 students did there own rendition of Run DMC and Steven Tyler’s “walk this way”; I did a similar performance with my friends in middle school as well.  Several other students performed elaborate dance routines choreographed from Beyoncé’s “single ladies”, to sequences straight out of “Stop the Yard”. To say the least, I was exceedingly impressed with the performances.

One of the more important actions I performed at KIPP this month was gathering samples of the dirt in playground at KIPP to be tested for lead and other deleterious particulates. This was at the request of Dr. M in my environmental Pharm class.  I am happy to repot the lead and iron level in the soil is below the level recommend by the CDC. It was an amazing experience and I genially look forward to returning to KIPP following my acceptance to med school

Total hours month of April: 10

Total hours for spring semester: 34

Total hours for the year: 66 hours

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Air Jordans v.s. Italian leather

It was another successful month at KIPP. In the beginning of March, my classmates and I were assigned to give supplies to the teacher every Wednesday. While the task in question seemed to be somewhat arduous, we ended up have a phenomenal time. While we did our best to not disturb the classroom, the students couldn’t help but be fascinated with our presence. As soon as we entered, these inquisitive children bombarded us with questions. My fellow classmate and I was the subject of great fascination due to our shoe choice. The children took a particular liking to my new Air Jordan’s, while they despised the very expensive handcrafted shoes that my classmate had one. After some good laughs with the teachers and children, we went to the next classroom, only to have the exact same scenario play out.

The highlight of the month came when we were asked to supervise the classroom for a moment while the teacher went to use the rest room. I think that if were we left alone with the kids for another moment, they may have succeeded in destroying the classroom. I have garnered a serious appreciation for the staff at KIPP, as they constantly demonstrate saint like behavior and monk-like Zen

8 hour performed in March