Category Archives: Blog of the Week

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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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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Learning is fun!

By Victoria Tokarski, Take Ten Volunteer and Blogger of the Week Have fun with the students! They really like learning from you, even if they don’t show it. If you are having fun with them while you are teaching them, … Continue reading

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What will Take Ten students take with them?

By Amy Porter, Take Ten Volunteer and Blogger of the week As the spring semester of Take Ten comes to a close, I hope that my group of students take away the idea that they have the power to make … Continue reading

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How can youth influence bullying prevention?

By Rachael Foster, AmeriCorps Member and Blogger of the Week! In February, I attended the Memorial Community Plunge in South Bend. This event focused on the challenges and strategies of taking on the modern neighborhood bully. A victim used to … Continue reading

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Blogger of the week shares her favorite memory

By Melissa Buddie, Take Ten Volunteer and Blogger of the week My favorite memory as a volunteer with Take Ten involves a young boy who rarely spoke up during the time that my teammates and I were teaching Take Ten. … Continue reading

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