Most of the time, kids are never quite sure what they want to be when they grow up. But Mays seemed quite certain. “I wanna be a chef or a nurse,” she said confidently when asked.
“I like how we do snack time and flex, where you usually do your homework and read for twenty minutes,” Mays said when asked why she enjoyed being a part of OTRC. She talked about how her Team Leaders (OTRC's afterschool teachers) help her with her homework, and serve as mentors throughout the program. “I like my Team Leads, they’re fun,” said Mays.
On Mondays, she shared that Team Leads play games with them, and do more serious things like circle time. Circle time encourages deep thought from the students, and urges them to think about how they would react in real-world scenarios. One question Mays remembered being asked was, “If you were president one day, what would you do?”
“Every Thursday we get to cook,” Mays said, a huge grin creasing her cheeks. She loves getting the recipes and learning how to measure out ingredients. The class splits up into groups, and each group is responsible for a different dish. At the end, all the groups come together and share what they’ve made. The room the class utilizes has stoves and ovens, so students are actually getting the chance to have a hands-on culinary experience.
The nursing idea for Mays’ future career came from a career class that she was part of earlier in the year. OTRC brought in nurses from Sentara RMH to talk about the work that they do, and to teach the kids the value in helping others in that particular field.
When asked if she wanted to say anything else about OTRC, Mays excitedly said, “I mean, all I can say is I love it!” Mays is looking forward to being a part of OTRC for her next two years of middle school, and is excited to continue growing, learning, and tapping into her talents and passions.
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