Who Knew Fifth Graders Could Teach A Senior About Herself

By Devan Robinson

Many Thurston High School students took a step away from the pressures of schoolwork and assumed the role as a counselor to join all of the South Redford fifth graders in the woods of Jackson, Michigan at YMCA Storer Camp. From students to cabin leaders, these students had a blast while having hands on activities and classes that apply to everyday life, such as building fires, nature, energy, money management, and so much more. For most of the fifth graders and even some of the cabin leaders, this was the first time they were away from home without family, but our fellow Eagles made the most of it and made sure our future Eagles had the best experience possible.  


During my years of high school, I have learned to help and serve others. I have never really taken a second thought about it either.

I have been volunteering as a cabin leader for South Redford School District since I was in the 10th grade. Having the chance to be a role model to kids who will look up to you and remember you when they get older because of the experience they had with you, is heart warming.

As someone who was once a fifth grade camper myself, I wanted to make sure that I gave these kids the same energy and fun that was presented to me.  Being able to help a child have fun and give them a wonderful experience like I had, makes me happy.  I love helping people.

Before and after camp, I had the chance to work with some of the elementary school kids for National Honors Society. I got the chance to sit with them and listen to what they were learning about. Sometimes when some students seem like they don’t know what they are doing, I have realized that they do. They just don’t know it yet. Being able to sit down and have a conversation with a kid, and in that short time talking, they realize what they were learning about and by getting excited about it, not only gives them the motivation they need to finish further assignments, but it gives me the joy of helping them.

Being able to experience this opportunity in such a short time has made me realize that I love when I work with others to achieve their short term or long term goals.

With that in mind, the career path I choose someday will center around that lesson.