Volunteering in the City

Something I pride myself on is following the news. This may sound a bit silly; I don’t produce the news or create it. I simply follow it. I pride myself on the fact that I know what’s going on in the world. I’d recommend it to everyone and anyone.

Okay dear reader, I’ll get off my high horse and get to the story. A recent headline all across the country was the Chicago Public School teachers strike. Teachers marched the picket line in Chicago for a week and half before a negotiation could be reached. I won’t go into my political opinions on the strike because I like to think I keep it upbeat here on HawkTalk. However, I will confess that the strike hit close to home. As a product of a Chicago Public School, I was heartbroken to see the angry and somber faces of the men and women who inspired me to never settle. These people have made a priceless impact on my life.

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Almost every Saturday I get the chance to go to P.S. 1 in Manhattan, or P.S. 251 in Queens. I wake up bright and early and schlep from my dorm to the ferry and then to various modes of transportation. If I’m lucky I sleep over with my friends in the city. Waiting for me at the end of my travels are smiling faces and busy arms and legs. I spend my mornings reading to children in Kindergarten and First Grade through a non-for profit group called Reading Empowers.

The program offers primary school children an opportunity to develop a reading foundation and create a lasting love of reading. Wagner has a firm dedication to giving back to the community around us, and I decided to run with this philosophy.

I’m excited to work with this program and others during my time here at Wagner.

Interested in getting involved? Leave a comment!

Megan Irving

Author: Megan Irving

Megan Irving is a junior at Wagner College. This is her third year being a part of the HawkTalk team, and her second year as student director. A proud Chicago native, she had her first play professionally produced in her hometown in early 2012. In addition to perusing her degree in History at Wagner, she has worked for The Second City Theater, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and Nickelodeon. According to her mother she needs to stop watching so much television and really needs to get her license. She has no current plans to do either.

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