A Letter From a Thankful Volunteer

Kathryn Beal, AHFI, Professional Relations, Delta Dental of Kansas and a member of the JA of Wichita Board of Directors teaches two kindergarten and one second grade class in the spring. She wrote the following letter to express how she feels about her time spent with JA kids!

"There have been days when I have been exhausted lately and having to put on a happy face and go to teach a JA class seems impossible. Then I get there and realize, how can a person be sad when being greeted by 20 little 5-years-olds running up to give you hugs and being so excited that you have taken 30 minutes out of your day to spend with them? Needless to say, it is very easy to turn my frown upside down.

"The 2nd graders clearly LOVE the donuts and although I know that I do not have to go to Krispy Kreme and buy $20 worth of fresh hot donuts for them to understand the lesson, they are worth every single penny.

"This year with the new kindergarten lesson, I gave each child the opportunity to earn two pennies during one session. After earning the first penny, they could keep their penny or purchase a toothbrush from me with their penny. One student (out of 40) would not give up his penny for anything even after he earned his second penny. Of course I gave him a toothbrush in addition to the pennies but what an incredibly humbling experience it was for me. If I were walking down the street and saw a penny on the ground, I would not stop to pick it up, but this little boy was so excited to have two cents that there was no way he was giving either up. I wanted to take everything out of my wallet and give it to him. I didn't but wow how truly blessed am I!!!!

"Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for this opportunity."

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