Eastwood Academy HS Students Get Lesson in Volunteering

Volunteers of America, Action Team give students the chance to build team skills, community spirit

October 11, 2012

Eastwood Academy High School volunteers.

Students from Eastwood Academy High School recently participated in an all-day volunteer program sponsored by Volunteers of America.

The Eastwood Academy High School students joined students from KIPP, YES Prep, and Katy ISD to learn more about project planning and public speaking from Action Team, a team-building training organization.  Several Astros players shared their volunteer experiences and gave students advice on planning for success.

After the training session, the students teamed up for a fun afternoon of volunteer work at the Volunteers of America Lavender Campus.  The students helped decorate several residential homes and assisted with activities and entertainment for the resident's children and family visitors during Family Day. The students ended the day at Minute Maid Park, where they enjoyed a 5-0 victory by the Astros over the Phillies.

"I would like to tell people how good it feels to help someone who doesn't have a thing," said Jeniffer Castro, a junior at Eastwood who, along with her partner, Yazmin Balderas, spent time reading to resident pre-schoolers.

Students at Eastwood Academy engage in community service projects on a regular basis as part of their personal and leadership development.  All students at Eastwood complete 80 hours of community service as part of their graduation requirement.