People are defined by the way they act, the experiences they encounter, and the accomplishments they achieve. These three factors help create individuality and success. The events someone remembers most vividly are also the experiences that have the greatest affect on one’s life. Although I have many more years to live and places to explore, one occasion that I believe will stick with me for eternity occurred during the summer of 2007. My friend, Benny, and I founded an organization named “Books for the Future.”
The objective of this institution is to collect used and new books donated by neighbors and give everything we accumulate to underprivileged students attending schools with limited budgets that might not be able to provide the children with numerous advantages. We feel it is our responsibility to provide disadvantaged children with the opportunity to expand their horizons through reading. We began this institute by creating a flyer detailing our goal and the date we would come to retrieve any books. To our surprise on the first day alone we collected over five hundred books ranging from kindergarten level to sixth grade level. As our organization grew the number of books grew correspondingly. The first school we decided to donate books to was the Thomas Jefferson School of Anaheim. We chose this school because it contained close to five hundred students so every child would be able to have a book to take home for himself. Just as the children greatly benefited from our endeavor, Benny and I also gained a great satisfaction. As we both stepped on to the stage in front of the student body to explain to the children what we did, we could both see their smiling faces and eyes glowing with joy. There reaction alone proved to us that putting a little effort into something for someone can go a long way and have rewarding outcomes. Although I will not be able to watch this organization grow since I will be going off to college, I am sure Benny, who is currently a junior, and my sophomore brother, Christian, will expand upon what we have already started.
This contribution to society summarizes and reflects upon my personality. It took creativity, initiative, and leadership to start up an organization from scratch. I pride myself in being an individual with unique thoughts. Previously, I participated in many community service activities, such as volunteering as a church leader, assistant coaching AYSO soccer games, and refereeing. Although children benefited from each of these events, I felt unoriginal. I needed to break free and give back to the community in my own and distinctive style. My need to strive for originality is what sparked “Books for the Future.” I learned from this undertaking while conforming to society is somewhat fulfilling, better results are attainable with effort and creativity.