HARRISONBURG, Va., Dec. 6, 2012 – On Thursday, Nov. 29, the James Madison softball team spent time at Stone Spring Elementary School volunteering as part of the after-school program.
The team spent about an hour interacting with 25 students as part of third-grade teacher Kate Dougherty’s school program. Activities participated in included art projects, cooking snacks, working on homework and gym/activity time.
Freshman infielder Hannah Hayes (LaCrosse, Va./Kenston Forest) was the team’s representative for writing a feature of the afternoon’s events. She had this to say about the time spent at Stone Spring Elementary:
In Their Own Words – Hannah Hayes
On Thursday, November 29, the JMU softball team participated in after-school activities at Stone Spring Elementary School. We arrived at the elementary school just as the kids were getting out of class. All the kids that were staying after school for the program came into the cafeteria where they sat and waited until snack time. The softball team took this time to interact with all the kids and they were so excited to have helpers.
After everyone got situated in the cafeteria, they announced that it was snack time -- which of course is the best part of the day! While the kids were finishing up their snacks, the teachers ask our team members to split into groups to help with art, gym, cooking, and computer lab.
I choose to help with art, and we made posters to hang up on the walls of the school to encourage the kids to be on their best behavior. The reward for being selected “best behaved” would be that the students could watch a movie in their pajamas and eat popcorn with friends during the school day. [Sophomore pitcher] Reba DePriest (Apache Junction, Ariz./Skyline) and I partnered up with the only third grader in the art section, and I have to say our poster, by far, looked the best!
Before we knew it, it was time for us to leave. I think I can speak for the entire team when I say interacting with the kids at Stone Spring was a great way for us to give back to the community.
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