Volunteer Spotlight: Margaret Gardner
What made you choose to become involved with Inspiring Minds:
I knew I wanted to work with an organization that made a difference. I did a lot of research and hemmed and hawed about deciding where to volunteer. I kept putting it off. Then a friend mentioned that she volunteered with Inspiring minds. I knew about VIPS. In college I had tutored a girl to help her get ready to go to MLK school. It all just came together. I love to work with children and wanted to make a difference and reap a reward.
How have you been impacted by your experience:
It makes me think about what it’s like to learn how to read. It also makes me think about my children and grandchildren. I am more aware of the Providence public schools. My kids went to MLK in the 80s. It’s a very different school. I can see the change and it’s fascinating to me. The 3 children I work with are wonderful, sincere, and lively and I see how they struggle. It’s good to see what the city has on its plate.
What do you wish people knew about Providence school students:
How diverse it is now. Students come from diverse backgrounds with various needs. But they are all just wonderful children. And we can help them, there’s a role to play. People should see the schools inside. A quick glance is not accurate.
What do you hope to accomplish by the end of your time with Inspiring Minds:
I hope that the kids realize that people care. Hard work results in reward. It takes work and discipline to succeed. I personally need to work on my discipline. I’m learning as much as they are.
It’s wonderful what we’re doing!