Here are your weekly updates from the Books & Basketball Team:
1. General Updates
-Our semiannual B&B Field Trip is this Wednesday, April 24th from 3-7pm on the South 40 Swamp. We have a bunch of relays, games, food, and a dunk contest, so we would love to see you and any of your friends interested in B&B! Please let us know when you will be able to attend: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ak7hzO2EzzKldG5TZ19ubGw1c0VteG01UjdsOHFsUHc#gid=0
-Thanks to everyone who helped out with our ThurtenE game booth – it was a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without your help!
-This is the last week of B&B for the semester – have fun and end on a good note!
2. Mentor of the Week: Katybeth Biewen, WashU Class of 2016
-Keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive interview with Katybeth in the next weekly update!
3. Interview with the Previous Mentor of the Week: Abigail King, WashU Class of 2015
When did you first start doing Books & Basketball?
“I’ve wanted to be involved with Books and Basketball for quite a while, but this is the first semester my school and work schedule has allowed me to join.”
What is your favorite Books & Basketball moment?
“I love seeing the kids’ faces light up when we walk in the door to the school. It’s very refreshing to know that we can so easily brighten a little kid’s day simply by showing up. I was also very excited when the kids first greeted me by name!”
What would you say to someone thinking about doing Books & Basketball?
“Don’t be afraid to just try it out for a day to see if it is a good fit for you. All of the mentors would wholeheartedly welcome you and the kids would love to have another person they can ask to give them piggyback rides! I’m pretty sure that after one day you’ll be hooked.”
Do you have any tips you would give to other mentors regarding being a better mentor?
“Try to be very patient with them! Challenge them to find the correct answers on their own, but positively encourage them and help them along on the way to that answer. Also, have fun with them!”
Why do you think it is important to do Books & Basketball and be involved with the greater St. Louis community?
“Being able to be a role model for the kids is so special and so rewarding. I remember how much I looked up to the “older kids” when I was their age, so having the opportunity to be the older kid for these young children was a chance I knew I had to take advantage of. I also think we can so easily become content with staying within the WashU bubble, but by volunteering with Books and Basketball in the greater St. Louis community it can remind us how we are just a small part of a larger community that would definitely benefit from a little of our time and effort!”
3. Quote of the Week: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
Thank you for your commitment to B&B and improving the lives of our students!
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