When I was first asked to apply for the Bonner Program, I had little to no idea what the program actually was never mind what they did to influence the community. Now, eight months after accepting my position with the program, I am beyond grateful for the service opportunities Bonner has provided to me. Not only has the program helped me grow as a leader but it has also helped me become a service-minded individual.
My service site as a Bonner is at the Macedonia Resource Center where I serve as the Volunteer Coordinator for a program called Learning Together. Myself, along with another Bonner, and service learning students from High Point University, work together to provide homework help to children of refugee families. These children may grow up in households where English is not known so homework can be extremely difficult for children in elementary school. Twice a week we help these children learn their math and English skills while their mothers attend a class that teaches them English as well as life skills at no cost.
My time at Learning Together has truly taught me a lot about the hardships many families face in this area. Beyond High Point University there is a community that needs our help and I am so grateful that the Bonner Leader and Service Learning programs are able to provide at least a little assistance to the families in need. I feel as though my service work as a Bonner Leader at Learning Together has taught me about different cultures and helped enrich my life as I enrich the lives of these children. By helping them learn, I am able to see their successes as they come into class excited that they got an A+ on a spelling test or that they can complete their math problems all by themselves. Because of the Bonner program, I now have the knowledge to recognize community adversities which allows me to start assisting these issues one small step at a time.