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Program: Best BUDS (Building Understanding and Developing Students)

Volunteers commit to at least one hour a week to provide mentoring and academic assistance at Scudder Primary.

Volunteer: Amanda Calaway

How did you get involved and how long have you been volunteering with Best BUDS

My sister is a kindergarten teacher at Scudder and mentioned it to me.  Since this is my first year in 9 years to not teach, this was a great opportunity to still give some of my time to kiddos.

What does a Buddy do?

A buddy does a variety of things from working with children on school work, helping them with life lessons, and just being a friend.

What skills do you need to be a Best BUDS volunteer? 

The main skill you need is just to want to be there! And, maybe patience.

In what ways do you find it rewarding?

It was very rewarding to see the kids grow and learn over the course of the school year.  And, it is always nice to have someone excited to see you!

Did you find any aspect of your service frustrating? 

I did not have any frustrating issues.  Both of the children’s teachers where great and very helpful and the kiddos where always super excited to hang out for our short amount of time.  If anything was frustrating it was the lack of time to accomplish more.

How often did you volunteer?

I volunteered 1x week for an hour a day.

A little about yourself:

My name is Amanda Calaway.  I have a background in teaching and taught for a total of about 10 years, 8 of which where at MDO at the Methodist Church.  I love working with kids and miss it all the time. Currently, I am the General Manager at 7A Ranch Resort where I work alongside my wonderful husband of 9 years.  We have a brilliant 12 year old son who who will be seventh grader at Danforth next year.  We are always happy to call Wimberley home!

 If you are interested in being a volunteer with Best BUDS, please email director@barnabasconnects.org.  An orientation will be held the week of September 18 for the 2017-2018 school year and service with students will start the week of September 25.