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LEAP at the Washington Carver Center was a very educational experience. It taught me how to teach and interact with students in different ways. It taught me how to stay organized and help others stay organized as well. Although the most important thing I took from the experience is new relationships with new people from a different community and background. At first getting the other students to open up was difficult. Then as we became more comfortable with each other they started to open up. The time we really came together was when I proposed to do an anti-bullying video project. I had discovered it on YouTube and thought because our main objective was to stop bullying this would be great. The only worry I had was that it was very involved and would the other students want to do it? And it was then when I proposed it to the students did I realize that I was underestimating them. They sat there totally ready to take on the challenge of coming together to make something to improve our communities. I knew they were capable to do this project. I was underestimating the power of a good relationship. We respected each other therefore we wanted to help each other. Leap at the carver taught me that good and respectful relationships are a key to a successful and organized group.
Margaux Benoist d’Etiveaud, age 17, Darien High School
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