Making "Littles" Smile

Little siblings from the Big Brother/Big Sister program were on hand at CJ's 4th annual service award assembly, held May 5, to honor their "Big Brothers and Sisters" who were being recognized for their volunteer work. The "Littles," coming from St. Rita and Ruskin, took great delight in climbing onto the stage and introducing themselves one-by-one to their entertained audience.

Once the last student had her turn at the microphone, everyone cleared the stage for the students from St. Rita who performed their "Thank You" song--complete with artwork.

Ruskin students were quick to say what they liked most about their time spent with their "Bigs." Kiera said that she enjoyed making a basketball shoot game with her big sister, Adina Seabrook '10, while her classmate, Heavenly, said that she thought her big sister, Lauren Smith '10 was nice.

"We made bird food and a feeder. We played together and made pictures."

According to Smith, who will attend North Carolina A&T next year, being part of the Big Brother/Big Sister program allowed her "more interaction in working with kids" and a new kind of experience volunteering. Last year, she was involved with the "Stories Come Alive" program until it ended. She signed up for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program because it involved kids.

"I really love kids, so I like being able to give back to them and be a part of changing their lives. I like to see them smile," she said. "That is a great accomplishment."