Community service is not something I do, it is a part of who I am. I graduated high-school with an accumulated 310 hours of community service. I reached out to the homeless, volunteered at the local food bank, raised money for an Interim Care Center that specialized in infants withdrawing from drugs, and numerous other community service projects (blood drives, etc.). While working as a Kindergarten teacher at a daycare during the holiday season, the children and I organized a care-package fundraiser for soldiers. We gathered donations and packaged them for soldiers embarking on deployment without the support from family or friends at home. Not only did I teach the children a self-less lesson about sharing and the incredible gift of giving but we also brought support and comfort to thousands of lonesome soldiers posted overseas. The children were amazed that our class of 15 could benefit such a vast cause. We were able to adopt a squad of about 10 soldiers over the holidays. With the war that we are experiencing, I felt it was my role as an adult leader to show them how to express gratitude to the men and women serving overseas. One of the soldiers wrote a letter to the children and I expressing their appreciation stating, “I haven’t smiled this much in a long time. Thanks for the thoughtfulness and innocence. Stay young.” It is rewarding to know that you can impact your community and also be a role model to the younger generation.