Monday, May 22, 2017

May 15th - 19th

This week didn't feel like a typical, five-day week! It flew by! We had our final Mentor/Mentee Monday and discussed ways to end the year on a positive note. The mentors decided we should have a waffle party and they're looking forward to their treats. Later, we continued the fine tradition of Tutoring Tuesday and even expanded it into Work-a-holic Wednesday. Many students have final projects and I was proud of their efforts, despite it being so close to the end of the year. Thursday and Friday were filled with team-oriented games that got the kids moving and having fun!

We also hosted our third annual End of Year Celebration at Westy High School on Wednesday! We had several scholars speak to the crowd and they were marvelous. I was especially moved by Faith Padilla's personal account of how YESS helped her become a model citizen. Her story of how she matured from a mischievous elementary student to a motivated, successful student was inspiring. I'm going to miss her when she heads to high school, but I'm honored to have been a part of her life for three years!

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