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On Tuesday, Oct. 17, during tutoring at Forest City Elementary, junior Emma Murphy helps students A’kai Wallace and Jaiden Stokes with their reading packet. Emma spent over an hour helping the students at after school tutoring.

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, during tutoring at Forest City Elementary, junior Emma Murphy helps students A’kai Wallace and Jaiden Stokes with their reading packet. Emma spent over an hour helping the students at after school tutoring.

Photo provided by: Miryam Elshaer

Photo provided by: Miryam Elshaer

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, during tutoring at Forest City Elementary, junior Emma Murphy helps students A’kai Wallace and Jaiden Stokes with their reading packet. Emma spent over an hour helping the students at after school tutoring.

Diana Torrealba, Staff Reporter

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Beginning her volunteer experience in seventh grade and still volunteering junior Emma Murphy has over 400 community service hours. Murphy volunteers after school daily from Monday to Thursday at Forest City Elementary.

“I volunteer almost every day, other than Fridays, it’s become part of my daily life,” Murphy said. “It doesn’t feel like much time passes when volunteering, but an hour a day really adds up as time goes on.”

Multitasking is key when it comes at volunteering at Forest City Elementary. Responsibilities include assisting the teachers in grading papers, sorting papers, and counting copies. Interpersonal relationships are developed by working with a diverse group, especially when it comes to working with the students.

“I’ve learned a lot about how to deal with different personalities,” Murphy said. “Dealing with kids is hard, dealing with 22 fifth graders at a time is a mess, but somehow those teachers manage, so kudos to them.”

Besides receiving the community service, volunteers believe the moments shared with the students and teachers over the year are a reward in itself. Students such as Emma and Billy Powell agreed with this.

“The amount of fun I had with the kids and the teachers was the most rewarding part of volunteering at FCE and in my case I knew most of them [the teachers],” senior Billy Powell said.  “I was comfortable volunteering at FCE where I knew everyone rather than volunteering in a place I didn’t know anyone.”

Community service hours open a path for personal development and scholarships through Florida’s Bright Future scholarship program. This past summer Seminole County changed their community service hours policy so students could volunteer at a location of their choice rather than a selected list. Also, students can job shadow or become an intern in a business if it is a career area they are interested in.

Community service hours tend to be a wonderful experience for our personal development,” Guidance counselor Mindi Craft said.  “It helps us as individuals to develop empathy for other people. It allows us to walk in the shoes of other people who may not be like ourselves and it also helps us on the other side because it is often a requirement for some scholarships and often times expected by college admission offices.”

For Murphy volunteering has provided a path to personal growth and friendships along the way, and she would like to continue volunteering until she graduates.

“I’m very happy with the number of hours I have if I’m being completely honest,” Murphy said. “But volunteering is something I enjoy doing and I hope to do until I graduate, so more hours is definitely what I’m going for.”

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