Meet Sam.

Sam is from a small town in Massachusetts. He applied for a grant in hopes to purchase sporting equipment for an after school program where he volunteers his time. Here is his story:

Tell us about yourself – who you are, where you are from and why you applied for a grant.

My name is Sam Daniel, and I live in Leeds, Massachusetts. I applied for the grant because I believe all children should have the opportunity to have fun and exercise. The sports equipment has allowed a group of elementary school students in Holyoke to enjoy themselves after a hard day’s work in school and at Homework House.

In a few words or sentences talk about your experience (i.e. what it was, where, when, how did you do, etc.)?

After realizing that a new supply of sports equipment would benefit the children, I wrote up a grant proposal. When I found out that I got the grant, it was very exciting, and the next time I tutored at Homework House, I found out what the children might like through a survey. When the grant arrived, I went to Dick’s Sporting Goods to buy what they had asked for. When I brought the sports equipment in, it felt great seeing the children playing and having fun with everything.

What did you learn from this experience? About yourself? About your goal/dream? How did it make you feel to participate?

I learned that it is very rewarding to help others in one way or another. One should do what is in one’s power to improve the community, and in the future, I plan to find any opportunity I can to make a positive impact.

Did this experience open doors to new opportunities?

While I wrote the grant proposal with the kids in mind, I’m sure receiving the grant didn’t hurt my chances in college admission, as colleges like to see students who take initiative.

What are you going to do next in pursuit of your dream(s)? What are your goals moving forward?

As I move forward in life, I hope that I can have a positive impact on the community by volunteering to help others who are less fortunate and also by sharing my passion as a creative writer.


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