Betsy Tietjen approves Cedric Li (24)'s "Senior Reflection". Now complete!
Senior Reflection

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Talked with Mrs. Daly
Senior Reflection

Had a good conversation!

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After Betsy Tietjen approved Cedric Li (24)'s hours, "Service Hours" is complete.
Service Hours

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Helping out at Meet the Teachers night for 2022 and 2023
6.0 hrs Service Hours

I helped out as a volunteer during Meet the Parents nights for the past three years, with 2022 and 2023 being my first and second years of helping out. We were there from 6-9 and our job was to give parents directions to classrooms and help out in general. I was able to get to talk to some of my classmate's parents and have a fun time! 

Are the service hours you completed COMPETENCE HOURS (learning about social justice issues) or COURAGE HOURS (direct or indirect service to others)?

COURAGE

Which Gilmour charism (Divine Providence, Forgiveness, Hope, Hospitality, Inclusiveness, Option for the Poor, The Cross, Zeal) did you best live out through your service experience? Please explain.

I think I lived out hospitality best during this service experience. I felt the joy of helping others, had a fun time, and met more people. I got to know a lot of the people around me better, and I really enjoyed doing that. Knowing what to do and how the night works also helps me guide the lower-class men volunteers through this fun evening. 

Would you try this service experience again? Why or why not?

I would definitely do this again if I could but I don't think year 4 would be possible given that I'm a senior.

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Peer tutoring
15.5 hrs Service Hours

I've officially logged my peer tutoring hours during my time at Gilmour as part of my service hours. I've been helping my friends and underclassmen with math during my study halls, but these are my logged times from the peer tutoring program.

See the attached links for details.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/19Vm128SaLOxtsUHEpkXMeuBVG5yKOcik/view?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/129sklZRd1WLOJ5O2izYtjHo_0Zlghd1q/view?usp=sharing

Are the service hours you completed COMPETENCE HOURS (learning about social justice issues) or COURAGE HOURS (direct or indirect service to others)?

COURAGE

Which Gilmour charism (Divine Providence, Forgiveness, Hope, Hospitality, Inclusiveness, Option for the Poor, The Cross, Zeal) did you best live out through your service experience? Please explain.

I think I lived out hospitality best during this service experience. I felt the joy of helping others, having fun, and meeting more people. I got to know a lot of the people around me better, and I really enjoyed doing that. The satisfaction derived from imparting knowledge to others and witnessing their joy upon receiving the assistance they require is truly remarkable!

Would you try this service experience again? Why or why not?

I would, without a doubt, since it's almost become second nature for me. I love helping my friends and peers because I know how challenging homework can be.

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After Betsy Tietjen approved Cedric Li (24)'s hours, "Service Hours" is complete.
Service Hours

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NEOCH homeless immersion trip
10.0 hrs Service Hours

Mrs. Ligas was in charge of this event and service hours before she left Gilmour 2 years ago.

I was fortunate enough to experience what it was like to be homeless in midtown Cleveland for a day. We began the day with a group activity and lectures on homelessness in the greater Cleveland area from a volunteer who was moving between homeless shelters, offering hope to those in need. We were then given a map and asked to walk to the Salvation Army to obtain clothing, to the public assistance centers, and to understand the Cleveland transportation system in midtown, such as how to ride the RTA, as the homeless do not have cars and rely solely on buses and walking.

One memory that will stay with me from that trip is that our small group of four hockey boys, including myself, was given only a $6 gift card for lunch, as the food stamp for each homeless person per day was $1.50. With only $6 to feed all four of us, we decided that plain white bread and peanut butter were all we could afford. We ended the day with a prayer, and it was an experience I will never forget. It truly made our food bank trips at Gilmour meaningful to me, knowing how many people depend on the food distributed there.

Find everything in the Google Drive folder here! Also, put in some pictures for show. 
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1i3JlnoHHh5i5VBFgFzlvc2e-JqpJUULV?usp=sharing

Are the service hours you completed COMPETENCE HOURS (learning about social justice issues) or COURAGE HOURS (direct or indirect service to others)?

COURAGE

Which Gilmour charism (Divine Providence, Forgiveness, Hope, Hospitality, Inclusiveness, Option for the Poor, The Cross, Zeal) did you best live out through your service experience? Please explain.

I think Option for the Poor is the most fitting charism for this experience because we are showing care to the homeless by literally walking in their shoes. 

Would you try this service experience again? Why or why not?

I would love to experience this opportunity again with more of my friends so they can experience and feel what I felt during that day. It really puts fear in your bones walking through midtown Cleveland, knowing that we did have to sign a liability waiver. That's how dangerous it was, and that's why it's so meaningful. 

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Preparation for Chinese new year celebration
4.0 hrs Service Hours

Chinese New Year is, without a doubt, the International Club and Pan-Asian Alliance's biggest event of the year. As the main coordinator of the event, I have dedicated numerous hours to its preparation, including tasks such as shopping on Amazon for decorations and event essentials, visiting the Chinese market to purchase snacks, coordinating with Dr. T and Mr. Pfundstein for the entire event planning process, and finally, crafting a speech to deliver during convo to explain the significance of Chinese New Year to everyone. It's a lot of hours added up, and a rough estimate of the time I spent preparing for the Chinese New Year celebration outside of school is around 4 hours, which I don't think is a big ask.

Are the service hours you completed COMPETENCE HOURS (learning about social justice issues) or COURAGE HOURS (direct or indirect service to others)?

COURAGE

Which Gilmour charism (Divine Providence, Forgiveness, Hope, Hospitality, Inclusiveness, Option for the Poor, The Cross, Zeal) did you best live out through your service experience? Please explain.

I think the Gilmour charism I lived out during this is Inclusiveness since I'm trying to bring what is closest to me and my people to the fullest extent to everything in the Gilmour community. With the help of the AVI staff and everyone involved in the Gilmour faculty, we were able to do a really good job despite not having the commons.

Would you try this service experience again? Why or why not?

I have been at Gilmour for the past 8 years, and throughout this time, I have consistently participated in the preparation and volunteering for the Chinese New Year festival. Particularly in the last 3 years, I have assumed the main coordinator role after assuming leadership of the International Club. I would absolutely love to pass this tradition on to next year's cohort, but unfortunately, I will be leaving the Gilmour community.

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Chapel Steaming
10.0 hrs Service Hours

I come in the morning with my team before Convo to set up streaming for the middle school kids in the CPA so they can watch the convo live. 

Are the service hours you completed COMPETENCE HOURS (learning about social justice issues) or COURAGE HOURS (direct or indirect service to others)?

COURAGE

Which Gilmour charism (Divine Providence, Forgiveness, Hope, Hospitality, Inclusiveness, Option for the Poor, The Cross, Zeal) did you best live out through your service experience? Please explain.

I think I lived out hospitality best during this service experience. It's good to know that I made a difference in the day of those middle schoolers.

Would you try this service experience again? Why or why not?

I definitely would continue if I could, as the daily streaming sessions have helped me forge stronger bonds with my friends on the team. It's a straightforward task that serves a noble purpose. Unfortunately, I must pass this responsibility down to the underclassmen as I am leaving.

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Joined Glave with 22 hours
22.0 hrs Service Hours

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Civic engagement team mini retreat
3.0 hrs Service Hours

The Civil engagement team had a Mini retreat on the 11th of august to plan for the 2021-2022 school year. We talked about possible events that we can do with students at Gilmour, and meeting times for the team. We also played a fun game about ourselves, and the people around us. We each took beads that represents the race of the people that is around us, and In the end we talked about what colors we have in our own bowl and what those colors might mean. It was a good way for us to acknowledge who is around us, and what kind of community we're in!

Are the service hours you completed COMPETENCE HOURS (learning about social justice issues) or COURAGE HOURS (direct or indirect service to others)?

COMPETENCE

Which Gilmour charism (Divine Providence, Forgiveness, Hope, Hospitality, Inclusiveness, Option for the Poor, The Cross, Zeal) did you best live out through your service experience? Please explain.

I think I lived out inclusiveness throughout the mini-retreat. The mission of the civic engagement team is to "commit to the cultivation and education of inclusive and civic-minded beliefs within the Gilmour community and beyond." What we talked about during the retreat is how that live through that mission during this school year!

Would you try this service experience again? Why or why not?

This service experience, or the retreat I think is essential for the club, since we were able to meet and talk about the plans for the year. The retreat is also a great start for the school year, I would definitely do this again!!! The retreat was definitely fun! We laughed and joked around during it, and had a nice group talk during lunch!

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Volunteer for the Meet the teachers night
3.0 hrs Service Hours

I helped out as a volunteer during Meet the parent night last Thursday. We were there from 6-9 and our job was to give parents directions to classrooms and help out in general. I was able to get to talk to some of my classmate's parents and have a fun time! One parent yelled, "ask them for double service hour" every time he passed me, which I thought was hilarious. *wink *wink.


Are the service hours you completed COMPETENCE HOURS (learning about social justice issues) or COURAGE HOURS (direct or indirect service to others)?

COURAGE

Which Gilmour charism (Divine Providence, Forgiveness, Hope, Hospitality, Inclusiveness, Option for the Poor, The Cross, Zeal) did you best live out through your service experience? Please explain.

I think I lived out hospitality best during this service experience. I was able to feel the joy of helping others, I also had a fun time and was able to meet more people. I got to know a lot of the people around me better and I really enjoy doing that. 

Would you try this service experience again? Why or why not?

I would definitely do this again! Standing there for 3 hours was a bit of a pain, but it was totally worth it!!!

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