My greatest contributions to my school and community cannot be touched or seen, but certainly can be felt in the hearts of my teachers and friends. My positive thinking inside and outside of school has helped me to achieve my goals and encourage others to achieve theirs.
Over the last several years, volunteering has changed my life forever. I have heard my friends say that "volunteering is waste of time", but I think it is beneficial for your future. I started volunteering in my sophomore year of the high school, so I would have something to add to my university application. I have joined SAGA also known as Students Against Global Warming, HIVE and community clubs inside and outside the school community. Tutoring kids and SAGA have been the best volunteer work I have done so far. First when I signed up for tutoring kids, I was not very thrilled because of the time commitment. I felt there would be no way I could volunteer for thirty hours, go to school full time and do homework but I decided that I would try it. I started volunteering because my teachers told me that I would enjoy it.
I believe education should be a part of everyone's life and the best way for the kids to learn is by giving them an encouraging environment. In elementary school, I would sit in the different classes and help the teachers with tutoring kids. I would read children stories, play games and help them with math problems. Everywhere I would go they would follow me. They would always come up to me and give a hug and want me to play with them. During lesson time, they would try to sit as close as they could to me. The time I shared with the kids was a great joy. The little angels taught me to not let anybody bother me. Now, I can say that I not only taught them, but they taught me as well.
Later that year, I also joined Student Against Global Abuse club. SAGA helped the school recycle papers, plastic and aluminum cans. We were using tons of paper every day. I stayed Thursdays after school for two to three hours along with other members of SAGA to do what we thought was right for environment. We earned 360000 dollars from recycling over the years. We used the same money for school supplies and scholarships. I felt proud of what I was doing and I encouraged others to get involved.