It was fun to again be the judge at “my school” on Monday. Eleven years ago, I adopted Rufino Mendoza, Jr. Elementary as a community service project. The experience has been a rewarding one.
I have taken a special interest in their after-school running club with my love of running. I also donate money for college scholarships and for other needs during the year.
The seven bright students made polished presentations about their leadership skills. I am always impressed with their poise and sincerity. The Power Point slide was this child’s talking point for How I Have Been A Leader. I’m pretty sure we never did anything like this when I was in the fifth grade in 1964.
The students had just been on a field trip to the University of Texas at Arlington and were excited about going to college. Several had decided they wanted to go there and become the first members of their families to pursue higher education.
The first child loved studying the earth and wants to be a geologist because “it sounds so fascinating.” I enjoyed it when he said that he sometimes fails because he is not perfect — but that “he always learns from the experience.”