While there have been days and moments when I feel I have impacted a child’s life, the acts I did for students on their ﬁrst day of sixth grade are the things I am most pleased with.
The ﬁrst day of school is always ﬁlled with nervousness and excitement. For any incoming sixth grader, the unknown can be intimidating and scary. There were many moments throughout the ﬁrst day of school when students were lost, confused, and looked around for help. It was at these times that my coworkers and I would step forward to be that helping hand. We helped multiple students open their lockers, ﬁgure out their next class, ﬁnd their next class, and get them on the correct bus.
While we may not have been imparting life advice or inspiring future scientists at the time, giving a person someone to sit with on the ﬁrst day of school can deﬁnitely change the way a student feels about school or about trying something new.