Friday, April 6, 2012

De La Salle Teachers Spend a Day at the Chavez Center

Some time ago a teacher from De La Salle High School asked the Chavez Center to host some teachers who would like to volunteer for a day. April 4 was that day.

Tasked with making our ESL classroom an inviting and exciting place to learn, the De La Salle teachers brought tremendous enthusiasm. Tapping into their creative genius the two volunteers, Andrew and Jay, put their paper-cutting and gluing skills to work. While their contributions to the ESL room gave new life and organization to the white walls, their greatest gifts were the conversations with staff.

It was clear their minds were searching for more ways to help beyond this single day. Andrew asked about our volunteer opportunities, taking to heart our biggest needs. Suddenly they began throwing out names of students and staff who could be great fits.

Then a big discovery happened – one of these teachers held the title of Director of Technology. Mike, the Executive Director of the Chavez Center, drummed up conversation with this teacher explaining how our tremendous growth over the past years has put our IT at capacity. Poking around our IT setup, he had just the equipment we had been looking for. He also volunteered to guide IT strategy for our merged organization. What an amazing offer!

The teachers imparted a strong dose of encouragement and inspiration. Marveling at the Chavez Center’s work, Jay remarked a few times that he was glad to have learned about us and wished he had known about us sooner. We could say the same thing!

Thank you to De La Salle for arranging this fantastic volunteer day and thinking of the Chavez Center.




Hace algún tiempo un profesor de la Escuela De La Salle preguntó el Centro de Chávez para organizar a algunos maestros a quienes les gustaría ser voluntario por un día. El día 4 de abril fue el día. Con la tarea de hacer de nuestro salón de clases de ESL un lugar acogedor y emocionante de aprender, los profesores de le escuela De La Salle trajeron un enorme entusiasmo. Aprovechando su genio creativo de los dos voluntarios, ellos se pusieron a trabajar las habilidades de cortar y pegar el papel. Mientras que sus contribuciones a la sala de ESL le dieron nueva vida y la organización a las paredes blancas, sus regalos más grandes fueron las conversaciones con el personal de centro.


Estaba claro que sus mentes estaban buscando más formas de ayudar más allá de este día. Se preguntó acerca de nuestras oportunidades de voluntario, teniendo muy en serio nuestras necesidades mayores. De repente empezaron a tirar nombres de los estudiantes y el personal que podrían ser ataques grandes.

Entonces un gran descubrimiento ocurrió - uno de los maestros tenía el título de Director de Tecnología. Mike, el Director Ejecutivo del Centro, granjeado conversación con este profesor
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