So Long but Not Goodbye

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– written by Max Meier

In my last week as the Tutor Training and Evaluation Coordinator with Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute, I am left to reflect on a year's worth of experiences, accomplishments, and developments in personal and professional matters. It feels like last week I returned to Minnesota from my AmeriCorps Pre-Service Orientation in Portland. Since then, through 1,071 hours of After-School Homework Help, one empowering Young Authors' Book Project, 45 hilarious Storytelling and Bookmaking Field Trips, and three In-School Tutoring partnerships, MOI has served over one thousand students.

For those of you following along at home, what follows is a list of my Top Four Moments with Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute:

4) On Wednesday, November 9th, a classroom of students came to MOI for a Storytelling and Bookmaking Field Trip. Through the writing of their epic, Stink Ray: The Return of Fart Shark, a ray of sunshine shone through the heavy and dark skies.

3) The Young Authors’ Book Project took a substantial step forward in working with 9th graders on the topics of community, identity, and culture. Adventures Within Another: Stories of Identity and Culture from Como Park High School is what resulted from a year’s worth of creative writing workshops, and anyone involved will tell you the impact it had on students was a positive one.

2) Samantha Sencer-Mura assumed control of the MOI rudders in June and has brought the energy and passion that will help this organization to new depths. Be sure to stop in and meet her if you haven’t already.

1) The ReVoice Podcast Camp began as an idea, became a reality through the grants that funded it, and proved to be a success by the time students went to Minnesota Public Radio for their final field trip. You can check out their completed podcasts here.

Through the ReVoice Podcast Camp and part of the Young Authors’ Book Project, I tried my hand at curriculum building and lesson planning. This only confirmed in me suspicions that education is where I want to focus my energies. This next year, you will be able to find me at the Friends School of Minnesota, but that doesn’t mean I am done with MOI. Join me on the tutoring floor as a volunteer, the time is right. I would do it all over again if I had the choice.