Recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer at my childhood preschool, Creative Discovery, a place that holds a special place in my heart.
For most of my life, I have lived right down the street, and as kids, we walked to school a few days a week as a family. My daughter now attends the school, and I get to continue this tradition of walking her to preschool for the next few years. I am so happy she gets to experience the same values as I did growing up.
I am grateful to Marketing Essentials for granting me the chance to utilize my Pay It Forward hours - a form of paid time off that enables me to volunteer for an organization that is dear to me. There is something special about returning to a place that holds cherished childhood memories. It is a feeling of nostalgia mixed with excitement
My older sister, who teaches at the preschool, asked me to help out with the Easter celebration day, called the Bunny Hutch. I jumped at the chance.
The Bunny Hutch was a special event for the 4- and 5-year-old classes that included various activities such as egg coloring, cookie decorating, face painting and more. Each child was asked to bring a special person to do the activities with the students. Once all the guests arrived, the students filed in and started singing the Pledge of Allegiance and some spring songs.
As a volunteer, my role was to assist the teachers and help the children with their activities. I was assigned the egg coloring station, where I helped the children choose colors and techniques for creating unique designs, write their names in white crayons and avoid making too big of a mess. The students loved seeing their names appear when we pulled the egg out of the coloring solution.
Watching the children play and learn, I couldn't help but feel a sense of pride. This was the same school that had nurtured me, and it was still doing a fantastic job of shaping young minds. It was heartwarming to see that the school's philosophy of providing a safe and loving environment for children had remained unchanged.
As the day drew to a close, I felt a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. Volunteering at my childhood preschool had not only allowed me to give back to the place that had nurtured me as a child, but it had also given me the chance to connect with my own daughter and my older sister.
In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget about the importance of giving back to our communities. Volunteering at my childhood preschool reminded me of the power of connection, the joy of giving and the importance of investing in our children's futures. It was a nostalgic and fulfilling experience that I will always cherish, and I look forward to volunteering again in the future.