Tap In Keeps the Scholars Busy

Portrait by one of the of the Tap in Scholars

Portrait of me by one of the of the Tap in Scholars

Tap In Scholars planning the next month's cooking activities

Tap In Scholars planning the next month’s cooking activities

Scholars cheering at Edison Middle School Basketball game

Scholars cheering at Edison Middle School Basketball game

Scholar making  "Walking Tacos"

Scholar making “Walking Tacos”

Tap In leaders taking a cultural understanding course lead by Dr. Raz

Tap In leaders taking a cultural understanding course lead by Dr. Raz

Working with Tap in is never boring. There are many different activities that go on everyday. Most days are broken down into three major segments: snack, academic hour, and enrichment hour. During snack time the scholars eat many different snacks that are provided by the school district for the school the program is held at. Homework hour is an opportunity to connect with students by giving each student individual attention during tutoring sessions. By helping the students with their homework we are able to break down some of the walls that can sometime be built to hide their shortcomings, because the scholars see that we just want to help them succeed. Lastly, enrichment hour is filled with many different activities ranging from cooking to playing outside. Enrichment hour is the time where I believe the most connections are formed. The scholars are really interested in all of the volunteers working with the program specifically the backgrounds of the volunteers. During this time the volunteers share some of there interests, and hobbies with the scholars which many times leads to connections with the scholars. Many times connections are made after hearing that you have done what the scholars see themselves doing later in life, whether it is playing sports, having a job, or going to college. Every day I go to Tap In I build a new relation with one of the scholars, and learn something new about a scholar.

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