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by Maren Schober
If it is a summer week day between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., you will find Sierra Morgan, 14, busy with a group of five to eight year olds at summer camp in Groton.
“Children’s summer camp in Groton is held at three different school locations,” Scot Johnson, director of the Leader-In-Training program, tells me. “The schools are William Seely School, Claude Chester School and Cutler Middle School. The children range from ages three to twelve. I give the leaders training in management, CPR and First Aid.”
Sierra is a volunteer leader in the program at William Seely School.
“My day with the kids starts real early,” explains Sierra. “The first thing I do is help serve the children breakfast. The rest of the day the children have arts and crafts sessions, games in the gym and outdoor games like soccer, dodge ball and the playscape. We also have lots of field trips. We go to Eastern Point Beach, Roger Williams Zoo and the Galaxy Roller Rink. When I was rollerblading at the Roller Rink, one of the little girls pointed to me and said, ‘You do a very good chicken dance on roller blades! I wish I could do as well as you.’”
“I am learning a lot here,” Sierra continues. “ I am learning not to shy away from children and to help the children become confident in themselves. I don’t like to just tell the children what to do and then watch them. I really love to do hands-on things with the children to show them I care about them. Through the babysitting I do, I know that I love to be with children.”
Sierra attends Fitch High School in Groton. “We moved to Groton one year ago from Kings Bay, GA. I enjoy playing soccer and softball at the high school.”
The children at the summer camp are fortunate to have such a caring leader.