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The school year is a little over a month and a half into the swing of things here at Denny International Middle School in West Seattle and students, staff, and City Year corps members are still settling into their new … Continue reading

Corps Member Highlight

Ruchi Bagrodia came to City Year from Calcutta, India by way of Austin, Texas. This past year Ruchi Studied Biology and Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin. She now proudly serves at Roxhill Elementary in the 4th grade. During her year of service, Ruchi says that she looks forward to, “sharing my passion for learning with young students and transforming the idea of school in their eyes so that it is seen as a positive and inspirational place.”

Why do you serve? 

As a young adult having attended an accredited university, I feel privileged to have been offered the many opportunities which have led me to where I am today. However, this is certainly not the case for much of our society’s youth. There is no doubt in my mind that every child has the potential to learn and develop into a bright individual. I want to bring out that potential in each and every student in the classroom and most importantly, have them realize it. Learning has always been a passion of mine, and so I hope to make school a positive and nurturing experience for others as well. I believe a proper education can provide a child with opportunities for a successful future. Therefore, I serve in order to be a part of this change towards a more educated, successful, and equal society.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from being a new corps member?

I have learned that having a positive attitude and providing support for one another can certainly change an entire day’s performance.  It is important to have an open mind when working with such a diverse group of individuals; and by just being there every day, ready to engage others with compassion and respect, the team is already set up for a successful journey ahead.

What are you looking forward to this year?

I am looking forward to building close relationships with my team members as we work together to keep students at Roxhill Elementary School on track towards a successful academic future. I am also looking forward to seeing my students grow as individuals throughout the year. I know the people I work with this year will not only challenge me, but also teach me more about myself than I ever knew before.

What is the City Year morning program at Roxhill Elementary School?

Every morning before school starts, the Roxhill City Year team leads Homework Club for about a half hour. Every Corps Member sits at a different table around the cafeteria to join each of the six different grade levels, K to 5th grade.

Many of the students are not able, or may not be motivated, to complete their assigned homework the night before, so this is a perfect time to get that work done before class begins. If students do not have homework to work on, Corps Members engage them in reading a book or practicing math problems.

On Mondays, we have recently implemented “Learning Monday Fundays,” in which students get to participate in fun educational games and activities. Overall, Homework Club is a fun and productive way to start off each day!