Greetings from our alumni!
“After graduating from Saint Mary’s I became involved with the Lasallian Volunteer Program. I currently serve at John XXIII Educational Center in Racine, Wisconsin. My primary role at the center is Mentor/Tutor. In this role, I work with high school students in our after-school study hall hours. Our center provides a place where all students from Racine can come and do their homework from 3:30-5:30 and 7:00-8:30 pm Monday through Thursday. Many of our students struggle with basic math skills, and I have the ability to work with these students on various levels of mathematics, and also help them with the rest of their assignments. However, that is not my only role at John XXIII. During school hours, the center offers outreach programs to the school district. I am involved and helped to develop a 5-week course that focuses on gossip and bullying at the middle school level.
As a Lasallian volunteer, you tend to wear many hats; along with the tutor role and leading outreach programs, I also have two other roles that are very important to the center. The first is most important to me: I have been working with a high school senior, teaching him one-on-one to make up an algebra class credit so he might have the opportunity to graduate on time. The other is geared towards development of the center: keeping track of expenses and donations to the center, and responding to those donations when they come in. It’s a long nine- to ten-hour day of work, but as a Lasallian volunteer I am helping to make a difference in many students’ lives and carrying on the mission I learned at Saint Mary’s: Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve.”
— Desiree Lopez, SMC Mathematics Major, Class of 2010