I met Darcy through a mutual friend at the end of 2009. I started volunteering at tutoring time in January 2010. I was on sabbatical from my faculty position at Widener University and it was nice to interact with kids under the age of 18 (18 year-olds know absolutely everything about the world, and are convinced their professors are clueless!) In addition, I really like the philosophy behind Tree House of growing and sustaining a community of readers, writers and thinkers. To me, that speaks of the old adage about teaching a man to fish and feeding him for a lifetime, rather than just giving somebody a fish and feeding them for a day. Tree House teaches kids how to fish.
I have tried to show up on a regular basis at Tree House this year and Ms. Lauren & Mr. Mike have been very gracious about my random comings and goings. It is special to walk in after an absence of 2 weeks or so and have Maurice run up to me and say “Ms Becky – where ya been?” or to have Brittany (JSM) come up and give me a hug. These kids have so much potential, I can’t wait to see them realize it all. I hope that, in some small way, I can help them in that endeavor.
P.S. I have a video of Kevin rapping/hip-hop/singing his song “Funny Money” during magazine night last week. I will try to upload it somewhere…..