U12 Girls Volleyball Team Helps Boost Community Building
Whenever possible, we encourage cross-divisional collaboration between students at ASH. This experience inspires younger students to look up to and learn from their new friends and role models, and it empowers our older students to lead by example. This spirit of community building and interaction happened just this past week as our U12 girls’ volleyball team, comprising 26 athletes and three coaches - Davison, Wiederhold and Ducharme - traveled to the Early Childhood Center (ECC) to give back to their fellow ASH student community.
After identifying their own favorite picture book, each volleyball player teamed up with first-graders and spent time reading to and getting to know each other and sharing volleyball experiences and anecdotes.
Following their time together, the ASH blue team boarded a bus to Amsterdam to play against their cross-town rivals. They played twice and won 2-1 and 3-0. The ASH gold team stayed at the ECC Sports Hall to play an intra-squad match in front of the entire student body. The gym was lively, spirited and exciting for the volleyball girls and for the staff and students who cheered them on.
What began as service learning ended in community building at its best. All coaches appreciated the teachers' support of this activity and how it resulted in a very gratifying experience for the volleyball team, our youngest learners and everyone in the audience who stayed behind to enjoy the match.