Grace Mangold - Grade 7, Incarnation Catholic School
Bible School Surprise
Volunteers neededâ€¦this is what my teacher wrote on the board one day. I had attended many years of vacation bible school, but I had never volunteered. Now it was my chance. I was old enough, so I said, â€œWhy not?â€ At first I was unsure about my decision to volunteer; was I up to the challenge? However, when I arrived at vacation bible school I was in for a surprise.
The whole experience turned out to be one of the best in my life. Before volunteering I was a bit nervous. I attended a prep session to help set up and organize before the week arrived. The prep session helped a little but I still felt uneasy. I had never done anything like this and I had little idea what I was going to do when the kids arrived. I wondered: what would the kids think of me? And what would they ask of me? When the day arrived I was excited but a little scared as I put on my staff shirt and brushed my hair. As I got into the room where it was held I was in for a big surprise.
I saw parents signing in their kids, kids crying because they did not want to leave their moms and other kids running around playing tag. I found my group of kids and sat down with them. At first glance my group looked really rowdy, because it had four girls and six boys. At once one of the little girls clung on to my leg and would not let go. When we went to our first class, I knew that this was the group for me. All of the girls were enjoying it, because it was a dance class. The boys were break dancing and doing tons of other silly dances, but you could clearly see they were having fun. After that class, the whole day and the rest of the week went past in a blur. The kids making crafts and snacks, helping the kids wash their hands, and assisting the kids with crazy science experiments made me wish I was their age again. I had so much fun; I just wanted to relive that week forever.
If there was one thing that I learned it was: Dottieâ€™s philosophy was right. When I was being good and doing well, all the kids were having fun and being happy. The kids did not care how you looked or how you talked or how you walked; they just came to have fun. I learned many things about myself that week including: I am responsible, I am capable, and I am strong. If a room full of needy 1st and 2nd graders canâ€™t show you all these things about yourself, then I donâ€™t know what would. My best helped all the kids in my group have a fun-filled and Christ-filled week.