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Monday, July 15, 2013

Friday evening: walked almost 5 miles.
Sat. Did nothing much all day. No walk in the evening.
Sun. Walked 3 miles in the evening (temps were nice after our hot humid days, so enjoyed the change).
Monday: a day of overindulging. I think I got it out of my system!!
Pilates: great workout.
Walk tonight: doubt it. Need a night off.

I volunteered with our local school district and am being trained Wed. I was employed by this system for 5 years and resigned due to health issues and frustration with not being allowed to teach as much as I wanted to do.

Anyway, I'm going to training to learn how to work one on one with students to improve their reading. Ironic: when I was a music teacher I was put in a first grade class during reading block and expected to help them with reading with no training!

I thought of many options for volunteering: the hospital, the local animal protection society, etc even thought of doing CASA, but wasn't sure that was a good fit for me. Working with a child and navigating the legal system, foster system, etc sounds daunting and with my health issues wasn't sure that sitting in a court room for extended periods is a good option! So I chose to go with the school volunteering. I'm familiar with classrooms and always had a good rapport with my students, and since I taught so many who were underprivileged, I think volunteering in one of the needier schools who don't get many volunteers is the way to go. I know those kinds of children and have seen how they struggle and maybe I can help one of them.

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LEANNARW 7/16/2013 8:24PM

    You are an inspiration! Good for you. I always told myself while working that when I retired I would choose a place to volunteer. I'm retired now, so its time to think about volunteering! emoticon

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ANNIE1114 7/16/2013 5:26PM

    Good for you! I am also doing a little volunteering, but not in schools. I wanted to do something completely different in this phase of my life. I hope you enjoy it!

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