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Recently I had the opportunity to help out at Portland West's after-school program. I spent two hours with kids grades 3 to 6, doing art projects and tutoring. I'll be going back for the next few weeks as well, until the end of the school year. There were only six children there, fewer than usual. I worked on a craft project with two young boys for most of the time. I had a lot of fun showing them new crafting techniques and encouraging them to try things and see if they worked. They told me ghost stories and talked about how nice it is to be smart and know lots of things. Later, they went outside to play soccer and I worked one-on-one with a girl who had French homework. She was very excited to find a volunteer who spoke enough French to help her, and I always enjoy being helpful.

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