One of our graduation requirements was that we needed to have at least 40 hours of community service by the time we were going to graduate. This is valuable to my future because it teaches me about helping others and helping out my community. I decided to help out at the food bank with my friend Irina and also help out at the Santa Cruz County Fair. What we would mostly do though and how we received most of our hours was by helping out Esther, the office manager at our school. We would stay after school and help her with whatever she needed help with. We would staple papers, stuff envelopes, make phone calls, etc. We started doing this towards the end of our sophomore year and all of our junior year. I stopped helping out a much during my senior year because it was harder for me to stay after school since I now work.The assignment or project was about getting 40 community service hours by the end of senior year. It required me to donate my time and help a non-profit organization in my community. I helped at the food bank in Watsonville, the Santa Cruz County Fair, and at my school. The Process I went through to do this project and meet the learning objectives first started with deciding where to volunteer. I didn’t want to go alone so me and my friend Irina decided to volunteer at places together. At first we volunteered at the food bank by helping them assemble bags with fruits and vegetables and then stacking the 10-20 lb bags on top of each other. Then, it was around September and we wanted to volunteer somewhere new. We decided to sign up to volunteer at the fair. We really wanted to volunteer to help with games and rides but they had enough volunteers for those 2 departments so they put us in the flower department. We needed to walk around and make sure everything was clean. My favorite thing we did was when they put us to assemble around 15-20 small centerpieces with whichever flowers we wanted. I liked it because we got to do something fun and creative and use whichever color schemes we wanted. They would also have us go outside around the building we were in and make sure the benches and the garden was clean. They would give us paint brushes and we would have to sweep away the dirt and dust with them. I really liked the lady that was in charge of that department because she was nice to us as soon as we got there. When the fair ended, Irina and I still needed more hours. Esther told us one day that she needed help with stuffing some envelopes with letters after school. We were both not doing anything that day so we decided to stay and help. We asked Esther if we stayed and helped more if we could get community service hours for it and she said yes. After that, everytime she would need help she’d let us know and we would stay after to help her with whatever she needed help with. I enjoyed it because we got closer with Esther and Keller since we were in the office more and had more time to talk to them. I liked volunteering at each one of these places and wish I could do it more. I started thinking about volunteering at the fair again and maybe applying earlier so I could work in games or rides. I have demonstrated representing self, school, and community through personal responsibility and global citizenship. I helped out my community and my school on my own time. This is important because I’m giving back to my school by helping them getting things done quicker. We would make phone calls to past vendors from the annual flea market and let them know we were having another flea market and find out if they’re interested in being vendors again. We would stuff envelopes with letters so they’d be ready to mail out to families who could possibly be interested in having their kids attend DTI. I also helped with registration. We needed to help make sure the incoming freshmen had everything they needed for when school started. The Second SLO I demonstrated was being a self directed learner who communicates effectively. I did this by helping them find solutions to problems or giving them ideas on what events we could do. For example, in my junior year, Irina and I focused on fundraisers a lot. We were in charge of the fundraisers for the senior trip. We would think of what to sell, plan out the fundraiser, and stay after to make and sell the food. We would communicate with each other what fundraiser we thought would be a success or where to get cheaper products/ingredients. This is important because it shows I can work on a team and contribute my time and effort into a team project. It also shows that I can be in charge of a big project and assign tasks for others to do. For example, when we would have fundraisers we would tell people to donate money, time, or materials. If people were donating materials, we would tell them what to donate. If people decided to donate money, we would tell them how much money. And if people decided to donate their time, we would tell them what they could help us with. I could have improved on applying technological skills for the 21st century. I could have applied to volunteer at the Santa Cruz County Fair earlier instead of 2 days before the deadline. I could have also volunteered at the food bank more. Overall the the most important things this taught me was to help out my community and volunteer my free time whenever I can. These skills I have learned will help me in the future by showing me that it feels good to be a part of something great which is how it will feel when I help my community and school.