For the third year in a row, Juan Diego high school seniors dedicated their first week of the year after winter vacation to serving various charitable organizations all across Salt Lake City. Guadalupe School has been fortunate enough to remain a host for the Juan Diego volunteers, and has loved the mutually beneficial partnerships and friendships that have formed as a result.
This year, the JD seniors got more involved than ever, making the best of their five short days at the school. First, all 16 volunteers participated in a reading camp orchestrated by Guadalupe's STAR Reading coordinator. Students from grades K-6 were selected by their teachers to receive a little extra reading help, and were able to get one-on-one aid from the JD seniors in the library.
Several of the volunteers opted to also work with Guadalupe School's math tutor. The charter school is about to embark on a large scale math competition that includes "racing" across colorful boards by completing simple math problems. The JD seniors were huge helps as they worked tirelessly to complete the boards.
Guadalupe students' parents also had a chance to share a little of their perspective while participating in interviews with a few of the Juan Diego students. The volunteers loved this exercise because it allowed them the opportunity to get to know another, highly important side of Guadalupe School.
Finally, as has become traditional for the Juan Diego week of Guadalupe School, the volunteers worked with Megan, Guadalupe's social worker, and 6th grade Peer Leadership students, to create a skit and video for the back-to-school assembly at the end of the week. Everyone involved had a lot of fun, and were able to learn about unity and teamwork at the same time.
Guadalupe School thanks the Juan Diego senior volunteers from the bottom of our hearts. The week was a grand success, and teachers, tutors, and students alike applaud the example these volunteers have shown of participating in building up the Salt Lake community. We love you!