Category Archives: volunteering

Christmas cookie smackdown!

Look at these beauties, which represent the work of four of us who have been friends since the beginning of time, or at least for the last 30 – 40 years: Marilyn, Roberta, Sylvia and I. Only Barb couldn’t join … Continue reading

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Impress-ive work

“This is good.  I very happy,” announced Quixian, as she held up her first creation and smiled.  It wasn’t our typical ESL class.   It was the last week of school before the holiday break, some students already had left town, … Continue reading

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Payback time

“I’ve got a wonderful opportunity for you,” said the overly cheery voice on my answering machine.  I knew what that meant: it’s payback time.  I’m being paid back for all those phone calls I made to volunteers – using a … Continue reading

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You’ve got mail

I had lunch with friends the other day, one of whom confessed that until recently she had 15,000 stored emails on her computer.  They were from her adult children and she had been saving them for years, until finally she … Continue reading

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Carving jack-o-lanterns: an American experience

Instead of studying grammar, today’s English as a Second Language students studied ghosts and gremlins.  Everyone carved a pumpkin and then did a circle-the-word puzzle, in which Halloween-related words were embedded within a chart of seemingly random letters and could … Continue reading

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You have the wrong book

Teaching is one of the hardest jobs there is.  I’ve volunteered in many elementary school classes and what has always impressed me as one of the biggest challenges of teaching — probably because I can’t imagine responding to this challenge … Continue reading

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