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What We Must Remember

April 30, 2012

My arm is very tired.  For the last two days, I have been assisting in sketching students’ artwork onto the walls of Sarah T Reed High School.  Several students took the initiative to provide meaningful murals that were painted on Global Youth Service Day.  As I am thinking about how glad I am that they have decided to leave a meaningful legacy, I realize that by sketching their art onto the walls, I am leaving a legacy as well.

Every City Year corps member has contributed in countless ways to countless students’ progress and their eventual legacies at their schools.  Corps members Kati Johnson and Veronica Giraldo have been tantamount to our student artists’ successes.  They spent hours asking questions to the students and inspired them to take the extra time and make the extra effort to go above and beyond the base level of what is expected of them.

This is the unofficial job description of a City Year corps member.  We support, lead, inspire, and execute our students’ potential.  As I sketch the murals on the walls, I am reminded that although not all of the results of what we do are as tangible as murals, all of our results are still just as permanent.

The reward of seeing our students’ potential meet full fruition is a privilege that we are usually not awarded.  However, that is not the case with the murals at Sarah T. Reed High School.  While the artists intended for the murals to be symbols of specific meanings, the beauty of art is that it means whatever it means to you.  To me, the murals represent City Year lifting students to the pedestal and then stepping back, fading into the background.  Our students’ successes are our successes.  We must remember this as we exit our year of service.

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  1. April 30, 2012 3:30 pm

    I really love the Keep Calm and Carry On one! They were all designed by the students?

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