Grand Junction High senior says time given to kids a labor of love

Randy Brown, right, a student at Grand Junction High School works and plays with kids in Sam Provenza’s 1st grade gym class at Tope Elem School

Randy Brown was surrounded by Tope Elementary School first-graders holding their index fingers high in the air.

Brown, a Grand Junction High School senior, showed the youngsters how to twirl their bodies around a “Spin Jammer,” a flying disc that easily can be balanced on the index finger.

For Brown, working with the first-graders is a labor of love.

“They’re just fun,” he said of his squealing, excited charges.

It’s more than that, though.

Brown long ago fulfilled his 30-hour service-learning requirement and will get his diploma from Grand Junction High School having donated 4,000 hours.

In addition to volunteering with physical education teacher Sam Provenza at Tope, Brown regularly volunteers at his church, Canyon View Vineyard Church, mopping floors and cleaning up after the occasional shaving-cream fight.

There’s more to the service-learning requirement than service, Brown said.

“It gives the community the chance to have an eye on us,” Brown said, and it allows students to demonstrate their character.

Grand Junction High should keep its service-learning requirement, said Brown, who is on the track team and bound for Western State College in Gunnison in the fall.

The requirement, he said, “is really not asking much.”


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