AmeriCorps Week is a week of gratitude and celebration of the service that AmeriCorps members engage in—how we #GetThingsDone. The events that occurred during the week of March 11th-17th were:
Tuesday, March 13: PennServe State-wide Event in Williamsport, PA
Wednesday, March 14: Mayor’s Roundtable Discussion in City Hall (invite only)
Wednesday, March 14: Serve in Philly Open House in the Municipal Services Building (MSB)
Thursday, March 15: Clarifi Budgeting and Credit Score Workshop at PHENND Offices
Thursday, March 15: AmeriCorps Happy Hour at St. Stephen’s Green
Saturday, March 17: Kickball Tournament at Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center
Last year, as a City Year AmeriCorps member, I did not have the opportunity to participate in any events with other AmeriCorps members during this week. However, the staff at our school surprised us with gifts, cakes, and treats to show us their appreciation for us. This year, as an AmeriCorps VISTA, I’ve received a different kind of gift. I was selected to take part in the Mayor’s Roundtable Discussion with Mayor Kenney. Although I did not attend many events this week due to being sick, I made it my priority to attend this event that many people would not have the chance to take part in.
I was grateful to be selected, as well as grateful to speak to Mayor Kenney and individuals in other AmeriCorps programs about the magnificent work that we do as VISTAs, what my work entails, and the challenges that come along with it. I wanted to stress how important education is to me and why I continue to do work in ensuring quality education for the students in Philadelphia. Working on Mayor Kenney’s initiative to provide free, high-quality pre-K to families in need with absolutely NO requirements regarding income and family size is an honor. All in all, to sit in a room with the mayor to talk about the work I am doing in the office and in the diverse communities of Philadelphia was an experience that I deeply enjoyed.
I am an AmeriCorps member and I #GetThingsDone for: Equal Education.
Kim Arnold is the Pre-K Parent Engagement Coordinator for the Mayor's Office of Education.
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