Leadership and services helped me gain many values not only as a teenager but as a citizen. With our everyday routine and being in a rush makes us forget about servicing others. When I started High School, I was introduced into Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). The requirements of being a member of FCCLA were to show leadership, teamwork, helping the community, while also maintaining a 2.0 GPA or higher.
While taking part in FCCLA, I signed up to help with Paint the Park Pink, The Call and making Thanksgiving Cards for our elders in the nursing home in our community, this helped me gain knowledge that I could use in my education career.Assisting with Paint the Park Pink, I learned to love life no matter what happens. Since 2007, we have been featuring cancer survivors.
The reason for this is that people wanted a family-friendly celebration to honor those people that survived cancer and to motivate people with cancer to keep on going and not give up because they are not alone. I also learned that making people smile and showing them support makes them happy and joyful to see people in the community helping and supporting each other as a family. Additionally, I volunteered at The Call. They assigned FCCLA to play with kids, make crafts, and watch them. I played foursquare with the kids for a while until it was time for them to eat. Between activities, I got to meet some kids and learn what they wanted to be when they grew up.
I would ask them what their favorite sport was, movie, favorite memory, etc. This was a learning experience because it showed me that every kid goes through a different lifestyle and that we are the people kids look up to. Also, that day I felt like time was going by fast because I have a passion for help kids and people no matter who they are or where they come from. Last, contributing to the nursing home by making thanksgiving card for the elders is something FCCLA always tries to volunteer in.
If I could devote a day to the elders in the nursing home to talk with them play games and make cards for them. FCCLA and I made 50 thanksgiving cards to our elders for thanksgiving to make them feel loved. As we made thanksgiving cards for the elders, we would write sweet and inspiring notes. Sometimes the elders in the nursing home are forgotten by their family so we try to make them feel loved and feel remembered by making thanksgiving cards. This thought me that as I respect the elders, it helps me improve myself.
Many people may think that supporting the community chore, but it’s a passion and a pleasure to help others. Helping people, assisting them, and motivating is personally worth my time. President Reagan is an inspiration to me that I want to provide my time to serve others. This leadership and services will always be in my heart and will always be able to give back to people and this will continue in college at the University of Arkansas when I pursue a degree in Education.