Sixth-grader David H. is a natural when it comes to working with young children.

“He loves them and looks after them,” said his advisor Carlo Cerruti.

A few weeks ago, a group of sixth graders were involved in a game at recess. David saw a few fourth graders and asked them to come play, Ceruti said. David also asked for a kindergarten buddy, whom he hangs out with during recess, and took a couple of Lower School students to the I-Lab during Academy one Friday afternoon.

Additionally, he walks his younger sister Miriam H. to class every single day and tells her, “I love you.”

“Sixth graders take notice,” Cerutti said. “They see he’s fantastic with kids. He’s one of the few kids who understands it’s about them. It’s about making sure the little kid is having fun and modifying the activity as soon as the younger kid needs it.”

David said he enjoys spending time with children because they’re fun to play with.

“It’s really fun to see them smile and be happy and know you were a part of making that happen,” David said. “They’re fun and playful and cheery and have lots of energy. There’s a charm about them.”

He added he remembers his first few years at Nueva very clearly and wants to relive those years.

“I want to be with kids who experience those years and make those years a more joyous experience for them,” he said.

In addition to making an impact on the youngest students’ lives at Nueva, volunteering with children is critical for students like David, too, Cerutti said.

“Kids this age in sixth grade are at an important transition as they head toward adolescence, and giving them an opportunity to remember what it’s like as a little kid and at the same time be a role model for little kids is a great constellation for kids to have,” Cerutti said.

June 3, 2016



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