By Lindsey Bailey, MSW Student
Although the Pink Palace volunteer opportunity has been open to students since the beginning of last semester, I did not get involved until this semester. I have always loved working with children, and this opportunity to actively engage with the children of Kingsbury Elementary is truly invaluable. Upon arriving at the Pink Palace, all the volunteers signed in and were led to the discovery room where our training took place for the upcoming field trip for the 4th graders. For this particular field trip, we were trained on cells and microscopes. The Pink Palace field trip coordinators have spent an insurmountable amount of time putting fun and engaging activities together for the kids at Kingsbury Elementary. In particular, we will be engaging in fun activities for the kids to do, such as examining nano-sized scales on butterfly wings and measuring the kids’ height in nanometers. All of the volunteers were intrigued by the metal spring activity where the instructor stretched out the wire spring to its fullest capacity and then proceeded to use a hair dryer on the spring. To our surprise, by heating the metal spring, it shrunk back to its original form. I look forward to the upcoming field trip that will take place with the 5th graders group on Friday February 22. The Animal Adaptations training and field trip will be the next field trip topic taking place with the 4th and 5th graders in the following weeks through April.
Training for Cells and Microscopes took place on Monday, February 11, 2013, from 5 to 6:30 pm. In attendance were (in first-name alphabetical order): Bridgette OgunMokun, Christy Phelps, Jeannine Claiborne, Joy Steorts, Maggie Landry, Olivia McMillan, Werner Viser, and the author, Lindsey Bailey. Long-time volunteer docent Dena Gil attended a separate training. Emi McFarlen, Manager of Public and Special Programs at the Pink Palace Museum, conducted the training.