Thomas A. McKinley ’06 and Hannah Weil McKinley Summer Fellowship Recipient
“The mission of HALO summer camp was to influence the lives of underprivileged kids in our own society. We strive to give the children direction and discipline that they lack in their daily lives, to allow these children to thrive despite the pressures from broken families and poverty.”
My mission within HALO was to influence their abilities to make healthy personal life choices to eat well, exercise often and learn to avoid drugs and violence in a world where these temptations are prevalent.
I had the opportunity to work with the underprivileged youth in Colorado. At first, I watched the children during the day and simply proceeded with the already scheduled activities. As time progressed I was given a key to the location and began to attain more responsibilities such as arriving first to the camp and opening for the kids or being the last to leave once all the kids had been picked up. I drove counselors to the activities because there was not enough room in the campers’ bus. I helped support the staff through stressful days and above all was a stable and supportive figure to the campers.
My most rewarding role was the educator role that I played to the children. Teaching them of healthy eating, teaching them to swim or play tennis, or just encouraging them to explore a place they had never been. As the summer progressed I became increasingly involved in planning activities for the campers.
- Date September 1, 2011
- Tags 2011, Education, Healthcare, McKinley, Social Service, USA