Shelly Lu

Action 1/31/2014

I have volunteered for various campus cleanups. They were held every other Thursday after school. Each time we split up into groups of about three or four people each. One person was in charge of holding the big trash bag, the second person recorded the data of the trash, and the third person picked up the trash. My group typically alternated jobs throughout the duration of the time we were there. We picked up trash using either the grippers or gloves. The grippers were great for picking up large pieces of trash, but the gloves make picking up small pieces easier. I enjoy campus clean up because it helps make the school cleaner. I am glad we have this activity regularly because I cannot even imagine how much trash would be on the grounds if we did not. One time a janitor saw what we were doing and thanked us for our help. I enjoy the campus clean ups because I get to talk to my friends while making the campus cleaner. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to make it to them because I have a 6th period and sports after school, but I try my best to make it. I make sure to make it to all the campus clean ups during the off season between cross country and track. Campus cleanup has taught me how to work quickly and efficiently. Because I cannot start until after sixth period, I do not have a lot of time to gather all the trash. In the end it was always worth all the effort. Seeing the campus cleaner and the bags filled with trash is what I look forward to. I know it is not that big of a deal to many, but I am glad I was able to help improve my school.

Creative 1/31/2014

I had never been in Asian Unity before, but I decided to take on the responsibility of President this year. I took the initiative when Dr. Gaber had announced that Asian Unity was no longer a club because no one wanted to take it over this year. The previous president graduated last year, so the club was gone because no one wanted to take on the responsibility of continuing it. When I heard about this, decided that I would take on the responsibility. It’s a small club, but I was able to get my friends and some others to join. We have been planning for the annual Unity Fair. This year we have been doing a lot of extra preparation; we have had several lunch meetings throughout the year. We have even established committees to ensure that everything gets done on time. As President it is my job to attend all the lunch meetings as well as run my own lunchtime meetings. So far we have decided on our menu, decorations, and performances. Taking on the responsibility of being Asian Unity President has not been easy, especially because I was not in any Unity Club previously. However, with some help from others and determination, I have been successful. In fact, I am a valuable contributor because I can help communicate with Dr. Gaber because I am in ASB too. Being the president has helped me be more responsible and organized. There is a lot of information to keep track of and a lot to plan. I have also learned to ask questions when I am unsure. Because I am new at this, I had to ask a lot of questions in the beginning. I am glad I decided to take the initiative to be the Asian Unity President. Asians will be represented at the Unity Fair as long as I am at Charter Oak. I have had to put in a lot of time to this, but it is worth it to ensure that we have a wonderful Unity Fair. In previous years I just went for the food and to watch the performances, it is awesome that I actually get to be a huge part of it this year.

Service 1/31/2014

I continued volunteering at the Glendora Public Library during the summer and through the beginning of this school year. During the summer I was in charge of the Stay and Play Room once again, but I was not alone this time. Another girl from a different high school helped me this time because there were a lot more children during their annual special Summer Reading Program. This time around I did less of the planning and cleaning. I also did not have much one on one playing and reading time with the children. There whole room was filled up with kids most of the time. It was hard to handle at times, but I managed to keep everything under control. At this point I was already comfortable with my job because I knew exactly what to do and where everything was. I could tell that the librarians were confident in my abilities because they did not check up on me anymore. Working in the Children’s Room during the summer was way different than what had been used to doing in the previous school year, but I enjoyed the change and the challenge. I learned how to work with large groups of people, and it was even more challenging than usual because they were young children. All of the children were in elementary school. Sometimes their parents came with them, so I had to learn how to communicate with them as well. Talking to adults has always been something that I had trouble with, but this experience has really helped me with that struggle. I learned that I just need to relax and speak clearly; there is no need to get nervous. I had a very fun time interacting and playing with the children. I got to know a lot of them personally, and it was sad to say goodbye on the last day.

Once the Summer Reading Program, ended and the school year began, I started working as a tutor for elementary school children. I signed up to tutor once a week after school. Typically they needed help with math. Math has never been my strongest subject, but I was able to handle the elementary school level math. Fractions, decimals, and shapes are fun. This experience has taught me how to be patient. I have to slowly explain how to work the problems, and I cannot get frustrated even if it takes multiple times of explaining for them to understand. I have also learned how to explain thing better. In the past I have struggled with explaining the ideas in my head to others. I usually would get so excited and just randomly say stuff. Now I know that I need to carefully think about how I am going to explain something before I say it out loud; I do not want to confuse the kids even more. I enjoyed spending some of my time after school helping children with their homework. I am glad that I was able to contribute to their learning. All of the experiences I have had volunteering at the Glendora Public Library have been very valuable. I have learned a lot about communication, organization, responsibility, and leadership.

Action 1/31/2014

This year I helped at Earth Club’s annual E-Waste event again. This year it was held on the same day as the Homecoming Dance, so there were few people who volunteered. However, I volunteered for pretty much the whole day because I did not go to Homecoming. Ms. Foy was in charge of this event, but she needed some volunteers to help keep track of everything that people were bringing in. I was in charge of getting the peoples’ information as they dropped off their electronic waste. I asked for basic information such as: name, address, phone number, and what they dropped off. This information was just for the records. I have been volunteering for this event since sophomore year, yet I still find myself amazed with the amount of stuff that gets dropped off. Some people bring a whole truck load of items! The super old televisions were interesting; they definitely do not make them like that anymore. This event has taught me how to be organized. I had to keep track of all the peoples’ information and record the data. The task was not difficult, and it was fun too because I met some new underclassmen. I think this event is great, and I am glad that I was able to help.

Creative 5/30/2013

I decided to go to Cedargrove to help Mrs. Kimbell, my fourth grade teacher. At the time she was preparing for the annual GATE play, and getting ready for Open House! I helped her make backdrops using butcher paper for the play. We had to use a staple gun to get the paper to stay on the frames. That task was easy for me because I was used to working with those supplies in ASB. In addition, I also helped Mrs. Kimbell clean and organize her room for Open House. She had me wipe the table tops, and organize her lab equipment and textbooks. I also worked at tidying up the front of her classroom. I worked hard to ensure that I got everything that Mrs. Kimbell needed help with in a reasonable amount of time. This was a good experience that has taught me how to work quickly and efficiently. It was really fun to go back and visit one of my favorite teachers. I’m glad I was able to help her at a time when there was so much going on.

Action 5/30/2013

On Saturday, May 11 Earth Club took a trip to Huntington Beach. We spent some of the time we were there picking up trash. Ms. Foy brought bags and grippers for picking up the trash. We split up into groups and went different ways in search of trash. There was actually a lot of trash, mainly small wrappers. Picking up trash was fun because I knew that I was making a difference, and of course being able to do it with my friends made it even better! In my group we had one person hold the bag while the others picked up the trash using the grippers. We ended up picking up so much trash; we were so proud of ourselves.

Service 5/30/2013

This semester I have continued volunteering at the Glendora Public Library. I was still assigned to help watch the children in the Children’s Stay and Play Room, but I was also given other tasks as well. For example, they had me unbox and record the books that they had ordered from Scholastic for their summer reading program. I liked doing that because I liked seeing all the different kinds of books. Plus, a lot of the books were ones that I read when I was younger, so it was fun to see some of those again. One time I also helped make frames for them to display all the bookmarks that were entered in the Bookmark Contest. That was fun for me because it reminded me of the kind of stuff I do in ASB. I enjoy all of the things that I do at the library, but my favorite would be playing with the children. It’s really fun playing games and making arts and crafts with them. They are so creative, and have such a wild imagination! Volunteering at the Glendora Library has been so enjoyable, and I have gained a lot from the experience. I have learned how to be organized. There are so many games in the Children’s Room, and it is my responsibility to make sure that they all return to the proper place at the end of the day. Sometimes it gets quite difficult because Lego pieces get scattered all over the place and the cards get mixed into the wrong decks. I don’t mind though because I always have a blast playing with the kids.

Creative 5/19/2013

My friends and I decided to take part in the Blankets of Love project back in February. Our group consisted of 7 people, and we each made our own blanket. Mrs. Gallegos was impressed that we formed our own group, and that we were each making our own blanket. The fabric was very warm, which was perfect for the cold weather at the time. I really liked the heart pattern on my blanket. Before we began the blanket making process we had to go to Cedargrove and get the fabric from Mrs. Gallegos. It was $10 per blanket. When we got there she showed us how to properly cut and tie the blankets; she gave us a whole demonstration! We were all so excited to make our own blankets because Mrs. Gallegos made it look like so much fun. In fact, we decided that we would get together and have a blanket making party! We all brought a pair of scissors and our blanket to Li’s house. When we got to her house, we immediately spread all of our blankets out and got straight to work. This activity was such a big deal to me because I remember making the blankets back when I went to Cedargrove. However, back then the teachers and the parents did most of the work while we just tied the knots. I loved that I was able to make the blanket all by myself. In addition, I even included a special note for the person receiving the blanket. Mrs. Gallegos told us past stories of the reactions she gets when people receive the blankets. I have learned that little things like these have the biggest impact. That one blanket I made brightened someone’s day. I think that it is so great that Mrs. Gallegos has been doing this activity for so many years now. She has really changed many lives, and I am glad that I was able to be a part of it this year.

Action 5/19/2013

I have been volunteering for various campus cleanups throughout the semester. Campus cleanups are typically held on Thursdays after school. All of the people that showed up split up into small groups and picked up trash around school. One person was in charge of holding the trash bag, one in charge of recording the trash items, and the others picked up trash. We typically took turns with the different tasks. The people that picked up trash could either use the grippers or gloves. I always had fun because I liked that I was making the school cleaner. I felt like I was making a difference by removing the trash from our campus. I know it does not seem like that big of a deal, but it really is. It is the little actions like these that ultimately have the biggest impact. The amount of trash that we collected by the end of the cleanup sessions was astounding. This activity was always fun for me because I got to do something nice for the school, and hang out with my friends at the same time. Campus cleanup has taught me how to work quickly and efficiently. We did not have a lot of time to gather all the trash, so it was imperative that we communicated well with each other in order to get the job done. It was hard work, but it was all worth it to see the end results. It was very rewarding to see the large trash bags filled with the trash that we picked up around campus. I’m glad that I decided to dedicate some of my free time to improve my school.

Service 1/21/2013

I have been volunteering at the Glendora Public Library since August 18, 2012. I volunteer in the Children’s Stay and Play room from 3:00-5:00 pm every Saturday. It is my job to look after the children. This play room is typically a place for parents to either play games with their children, or drop them off for an hour or two. Typically the children play with each other, and I just keep an eye on them. However, sometimes the younger children like me to join in their fun. During my two hours I play games with the children and read to them, but most importantly I make sure that they are safe. I always have a fun time playing games and doing puzzles with the children. At first I was doing this for the service hours, but after a while I found that volunteering in the children’s room did not even feel like work because I always had a blast! Reading books to the children is definitely my absolute favorite thing about volunteering. I love seeing the smiles form on their faces while I am reading them a Curious George book. I remember specifically a child named Austin who had me reading practically the whole Curious George series! In addition, sometimes the librarians would have me prepare arts and crafts for the children. Communicating with the children has taught me important communication skills. When it comes to children one has to learn to have patience and speak in a calm voice. Since I have the last shift in the children’s room it is always my responsibility to put away all of the games, ensure that all the lights are turned off, and make sure the room is neat and tidy. Cleaning up the room at closing time has taught me to be responsible and organized. I am really glad that I volunteer at the library on Saturdays because I feel that I really help out and make a big difference. I am happy to dedicate some of my free time to allow the children to have fun in the play room.

Service 1/21/2013

I volunteered to help out at this year’s Barnes & Noble Book Fair. Earth Club had a booth and I helped with it for three hours. Our table was set up by the children’s section in the back of the book store. We had various earth related activities for the children to play. The children could make water cycle bracelets and “fish for pollution.” The water cycle bracelets were made with blue pipe cleaners and colorful beads. It was our job to teach the children about what the different colored beads represent in our water cycle. I really liked this activity because it was a creative way to teach the children about our water cycle. In the “fishing for pollution” activity the children had home-made fishing rods and they used those to fish for the trash in a make believe ocean. The items that the children fished for were common items that people throw in the ocean. The children had a blast, having competitions with each other to see who could get the most trash! I felt that this was a very fun way of teaching the children to not pollute our oceans. From this event I have learned to be responsible. My. Foy, the Earth club advisor counted on us to be in charge of the booth until she would arrive at the end of the day to pick up the supplies. I have been volunteering to help run this booth since freshman year because my friends and I always have a great time with the children. I am glad I was able to help out at this event.

Service 1/21/2013

I volunteered at Earth Club’s annual E-Waste event. The event was held on a Saturday morning from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Earth Club holds this event every year, and this year I was able to help out. Ms. Foy was in charge of this event, but she needed a couple of volunteers to help check off various items as people brought them in. She also needed people to wave a sign. There were about five of us present at the time, so we took turns doing the different jobs. It was fascinating to see the type of things that came in. There were lots of very old televisions that came, which I found to be quite interesting. From this event I have learned to be organized because I had to record the data of the items we collected. Overall, the task was not too difficult. I had a great time at this event, and I am glad I was able to help out Earth Club!

Service 1/21/2013

I volunteered at Earth Club’s annual E-Waste event. The event was held on a Saturday morning from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Earth Club holds this event every year, and this year I was able to help out. Ms. Foy was in charge of this event, but she needed a couple of volunteers to help check off various items as people brought them in. She also needed people to wave a sign. There were about five of us present at the time, so we took turns doing the different jobs. It was fascinating to see the type of things that came in. There were lots of very old televisions that came, which I found to be quite interesting. From this event I have learned to be organized because I had to record the data of the items we collected. Overall, the task was not too difficult. I had a great time at this event, and I am glad I was able to help out Earth Club!

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