We had a slower day at couple of weeks ago, as it had snowed heavily so school had been cancelled. This actually meant that we were able to focus a lot more on the kids individually. I went over to Zaniyah, who was working alone but quietly. I asked her what she was making, and she showed me her drawing of her family which, if you know Zaniyah, she did in the most unbelievably cute way! We talked about her family members in detail for the rest of the day, which was actually really fun. She was initially really nervous and shy, but by the end had opened up a lot and she insisted I walk her home at the end of the day!
Abhinav Chhabra, Day Leader
At the studio, we were playing around with crayons and watercolors to make some neat designs that played off of the crayon’s hydrophobicity. At first the kids were not really interested, but one of the Friday tutors, Alex, made what essentially became a demo piece, where he drew a bunch of spirals in crayon and painted over it, which showed perfectly what the point of the project was. Naturally, crayon spirals became the most fashionable thing of the night and we ended up with about 15 different paintings (at leas four of which were from Janiya) of crayon spirals with watercolor over it. Jovan was also nice enough to go and get a bunch of wings, chips, and juice for the kids, so we ended up not only painting that day, but also having a fun food and dance party!
Brian Alloway, Day Leader
It was pouring when we went to the studio to tutor this week, so most of us thought that very few kids would show up. Fortunately, this was not the case, and pretty soon the studio was filled with kids. Our planned activity was to make drums out of cups and plastic wrap, but that only kept the kids busy for a couple minutes. For the rest of the time, half of the group colored and made fortune tellers at the table and the other half made paper airplanes and threw them across the studio. I spent most of my time making paper planes for the kids to throw because apparently my planes flew pretty far and the demand for them was really high! On a day that started out dark and gloomy, we were really glad to see the kids enjoying themselves and flashing their bright smiles!
Aahil Merchant, Tutor