Time for the weekly update! Tomorrow will mark end of the second week of my time at the Lotus Children’s Center and I’m still very excited about the work I’m doing there. For those of you who haven’t heard, I’m staying on for a third week so I can finish the projects that are underway.
What am I working on? Well, first and foremost, I’m still teaching keyboarding classes with the students. I’ve been drilling them on keeping their hands in the right place instead of hunt and pecking the keys. Some of the older students have made it to the point where they are using all the letter keys and only looking at the keyboard occasionally. My fastest student is cranking out speeds of 15 WPM. It’s so awesome to see how fast they’re learning! I’ve also found out I’m a merciless drill master when it comes to proper typing. Mwahaha.
Unlike last week, however, this week hasn’t really been focused on teaching. I’ve been working with the staff to organize and streamline the organization’s communication system. That means cleaning up the inbox, removing the glut of labels that have overrun the inbox, setting up filters to organize future mail, and getting rid of obsolete Facebook accounts languishing in cyberspace. I’ve also been working with the secretary who will be doing all this stuff in the future to be sure she knows how to do everything.
I’ve also been trying to figure out how to fix the website for the Center, which has been hacked. I tried looking into it on my own, but both the problem and the solution are way over my head. Luckily, I have some very knowledgeable family and friends who’ve been very generous with their time and expertise. They deserve a big shout out; so thank you, guys!! You’re the best. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get the information I need soon, so we can get that site back up and running.
Lastly there’s the fundraising. You all blew me away with your generosity. We exceeded the goal I set!!! Thank you so much, you have no idea how much your support means to me. Not to mention what it does for the kids! I’m going to get some cards with pictures drawn by the students sent out to all of you soon, ideally this weekend or next!
Next week will hopefully be a balance between administrative tasks (which are tedious at best) and working with the kids. I can’t believe my time at Lotus Children’s Center is almost up, but it’s certainly been a wonderful part of my journey that will stick with me forever.
Thanks once again for everything, I’ll write more later!