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Year end wrap up

By Daniel Martin As Valentina noted in the last reflection, the school year is at its end. Honestly, it has been an awesome experience with Take Ten. I work at the Robinson Community Learning Center with Take Ten, and I … Continue reading

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Take Ten Blog of the Week: Valentina

As the school year comes to an end, I am able to sit back and reflect on all the things I was able to experience. One of the most remarkable was Take Ten. This was my first year as part … Continue reading

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Volunteer celebrates the effect Take Ten has on her students

By Savannah Kounelis Take Ten is a program designed to promote non-violent means to solve conflicts, and in doing so, it hopefully ends issues such as bullying in schools around South Bend. Bullying is an obstacle that as a child … Continue reading

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Notre Dame Senior recalls her year with Take Ten

By Kathleen Krah I teach Take Ten to two very different groups of students- a class of energetic 2nd graders and a group of high school upperclassmen who lead Take Ten mentoring groups for underclassmen. It has been such a … Continue reading

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It’s the little things…

By Molly Gettinger The second grade students that I teach are a wiggling, squiggling, motley bunch, trying oh-so-hard to sit “crisscross apple sauce hands in your lap” every Tuesday morning during our Take Ten meetings. Beneath jittery knees and tilted … Continue reading

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The rewards of taking the path less traveled

By Daniel Martin I graduated college close to three years ago, and though I was excited to be finished, it was not an easy time. There were so many different roads for my life to take, and to be honest, … Continue reading

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Learning the value of creating compassionate connections

“Some kids are bullies, some are victims.” “Kids will be kids” “Ehh they’ll grow out of it” Growing up, many of us have been exposed to clichés that explain behavior amongst children regarding school violence, and sadly quite a few … Continue reading

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AmeriCorps member contemplates what makes Take Ten special

By Claire Roboski As a professional who has been teaching at Title I (high poverty, “high-risk”) schools for four years, Take Ten was an easy transition for me. Teaching is my niche; it allows me to communicate openly with young … Continue reading

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Becoming a part of our community

By Emily Moser Volunteering with Take Ten for the past four years has taught me so much.  Regularly being in charge of a classroom has helped me grow as a leader, and teaching the lessons has caused me to reflect … Continue reading

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Volunteer takes pride in student growth

By Abby Balmert Departing from the classroom with my fifth graders on the last day of fall semester’s Take Ten program, I was filled with hope. In the past few months, I have watched with pride as the kids eagerly … Continue reading

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