Interview of Sidwell Friends School Student
Lark Toney

Interviewer: Please describe what your community service project entailed.
Lark: In my community service project I worked as a counselor at a local non-profit called Kid Power D.C. It is a camp designed to keep kids at three Washington D. C. Public Elementary Schools active and learning over the summer.

Interviewer: What was most rewarding for you?
Lark: The most rewarding part of it for me was being able to see the kids I was working with having fun and smiling.

Interviewer: What was the most challenging aspect of your community service?
Lark: The most challenging part of my community service was trying to cope with the personalities and different attitudes of each individual child. Some always wanted to play, some didn't even want to be there, some didn't want to participate in the games, others didn't want to sit down and read when it was time for that. Adjusting to different situations was a big challenge.

Lark, with Nyesha, a camper at Kid Power
Interviewer: What lessons did you learn as a result of your community service?
Lark: I learned that kids that live probably 15 minutes away from my school, Sidwell Friends, have completely different circumstances than any kid I have ever met in my life. I learned how to have a lot of patience, and to appreciate the basic things I have like a clean school building and parents that are able to take me to school everyday. I also learned that although we have drastic background differences, kids are all basically the same in any situation. They like to have fun, and when bored they act-up. Simple games which all can participate in are the best solution to this problem.

Interviewer: Would you recommend it to others? If so, why? If not, why not?
Lark: Of course I would recommend this to others! I had a great time being a counselor. I got to meet some awesome kids who made me laugh and let me in on their secrets. It was hard sometimes, as it typically is being a counselor, but seeing the smiling faces of the kids more than compensated.

Orphan babies at Sheltering Wings Orphanage in Yako, Burkina Faso