As the school year comes to a close and students have summer tunnel vision, most adults would assume that they are thinking about anything but school. This is not the case at Webb Middle School.
Managing the Young Leaders Society for UWATX has allowed me to get a glimpse into the lives of middle school students at Webb and they continue to truly impress me. On June 2nd, the Young Leaders Society volunteered to chaperone the 8th grade graduation dance for the second year in a row. The dance immediately followed a graduation ceremony, where several Webb students were honored for academic achievement. As I listened the names being called of the students that worked so hard to gain success, I could not help but be moved.
As an employee of United Way for Greater Austin and a donor, I could clearly see the impact this organization has on Webb, Mendez and Decker Middle Schools at that graduation ceremony. After the last name had been called and the parents made their way down to congratulate their graduates, other YLS volunteers and I headed into the cafeteria to get set up for the dance.
Members of the YLS executive committee as well as potential YLS members mixed and mingled while we set out punch, tacos and a sheet cake the size of Texas. After a few minutes all of the middle school students filled the room, and once the DJ started playing you could tell it was going to be an epic party. As the night went on and I had the chance to interact with a few students and their families, I realized that all of the hard work that the students, their families, Webb Faculty/Staff and United Way had done all year was finally paying off.
To see the effect that our Young Leaders have on Webb Middle School in both donor dollars and volunteer hours is truly amazing. The future is very bright for these students and I am grateful to be able to play a very small part in their successes. After the last glass of punch and the final balloon was popped, the students headed off ready to take on high school!