Youth Forward scholarship 2016 – Helping Children and Families In Need

Name: Emily Lanter
From: North Charleston, South Carolina
Grade: 12th Grade
School: Charleston County School of the Arts
Votes: 0

Claire Lanter

187 Cabrill Drive

S.C. 29414


Being able to do something you love every day and serving others as a part
of the Kingdom of God is what inspires me to volunteer. My passion
is helping children and families in need.

Serving my community has always been a big part of my life. One of my
favorite quotes is this one by John Wesley:

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you
can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the
people you can. As long as ever you can.”

When turned 15, I was finally old enough to begin participating in
Salkehatchie Summer Service, an organization that rebuilds and
repairs houses in impoverished sections of South Carolina. Before we
go to out into the community, we pick the site where we feel God has
called us. Then we sit through equipment and health safety sessions,
and pray for the families and teams going out in the community. Most
of the actual training with the equipment is done on site when we are
appointed to a task. For example, I was taken step by step through
have to panel a room on my first site, which in turn allowed me to
teach a fellow team member how to panel on my third site. I was one
of the oldest youth members on my team, so I quickly became a leader
and was given challenging tasks to accomplish throughout the over 50
hours we spend at the home sites. On my first site we had to rebuild
the roof as well as fix many problems in the kitchen. My second site
needed two new porches with hand railing and a new water heater. On
my third site, our goals were to rebuild the floor in all six rooms
of the house, install carpet and flooring, rebuild and shingle the
roof of the house, fix the plumbing in the bathroom, and fix the
water system under the house. In each of these houses, we were able
to accomplish our goals. The houses we work in do not always have
many of the things that we take for granted, like hot water or floors
that are safe to walk on. I have enjoyed talking to the homeowners
and hearing them tell stories about their triumphs and struggles.
Personally, this is my favorite part about Salkehatchie. The work is
hard, hot, and challenging, but definitely worthwhile when we have
made a home warm, safe and dry for the families

Additional opportunities to serve my community are available through my school,
Charleston County School of the Arts (SOA). These include Liberty
Hill Literacy Program and SOA Spring Break Art Camp, both of which
help children in our community. Liberty Hill is a program where high
school students go to help kids finish homework or read with the
children from low-income schools.

The Spring Break Art Camp allows elementary school students the
opportunity to learn new skills. I am a vocal major, and each year
the group I work with learns the words, music, and choreography to
three songs. We show what they have learned in a performance for
parents/guardians at the end of the week. This activity may seem
insignificant but instills a sense of pride, accomplishment, and
promotes self-confidence for the students.

Through leading and volunteering, I have found my passion for teaching. I
have learned a lot, from how to shingle a roof to how to teach a
first grade student about subtraction. I plan to become a K-12 Music
Educator and continue to volunteer with organizations that help
families and children.

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