I have a pretty large and loving family, I am very grateful to have such great people in my life. My aunt Carrie is a teacher at Franklin Smith Elementary School and she teaches fifth-graders. I have four little siblings so I am very used to dealing with children. My High School, Blue Springs South, offered a scholarship program called "The A+ Program." In order to qualify for this scholarship you had to maintain a 2.5 or greater Grade Point Average (GPA), have at least a 95% attendance record, and participate in 50 or more hours of non-paid tutoring/mentoring or community service. At first, I had no idea how or where I was going to get so many hours of community service; I realized the other two requirements would be relatively easy. I could easily maintain a GPA above a 2.5 without even trying at all and going to school more than 95% of the time was easy since I was never the kid that got "sick" or just played hooky. It was a crisp, Autumn Saturday evening at my grandparents farm, my entire extended family was packed around a bonfire roasting marshmallows and eating s'mores. My mother was talking with her brother and sisters, my uncle and aunts, about the A+ Program, my mother mentioned that I had no idea on how I was going to get so many community service hours. My aunt said I could come help tutor her 5th grade class any days that I would like. That was a giant relief to hear because this situation had really been bothering me lately. I was also glad I wouldn't have to waste 50 hours of my life picking up trash on the side of the highway. Instead, I will be helping kids with their education and growing relationships with them as well. I really enjoy working with children so this was a great opportunity. The following year I was a freshman in high school, I was attending the Freshman Center in Blue Springs. Every monday and wednesday I would go straight from school to my aunt's classroom and help with anything she needed done. I would do...
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