Are you looking for a way to pay it forward this new year without spending a lot of hours doing it? Are you looking to change a kid’s life? If you are willing to give up one lunch hour a week, you can do both by being a sort of “big man on campus.”
It’s half past noon at Lawrence Elementary School, and Chloe is having a special lunch with her big sister.
“She makes me feel happy that she's my big sister,” Chloe said.
But it’s not a big sister Chloe was born with. It’s one who chose her through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
“We have a sister relationship, don't we Chloe?” Lisa Frey-Blume asked.
“Yeah, we do lots of talking,” Chloe said.
And that “lots of talking” in a very short time period can mean a huge difference in a young child’s life. That’s why the “Bigs in Schools” program has been successful. It offers a way to make a difference in a young child’s life—just by having lunch with them once a week.
“And this 'Bigs in Schools' is a great way to volunteer,” Lisa said. “My work is not even two blocks away, so it’s really easy to make that time every week to come see her. And I always feel good when I leave.”
After lunch, Chloe and Lisa go to the library for a few minutes to catch up on their reading.
“We pick these graphic novels because we can get through a lot of stories in a couple lunch hours,” Lisa said.
But mostly it’s about talking and sharing. Both Chloe and Lisa are only children, except on Monday afternoons,
“Because I am always lonely,” Chloe said. “’Cause I really don't have anyone. I don't have a sister or brother, but I have Lisa.”
If you want to take part in the “Bigs in Schools” program next semester, click here.