Christie Bunge’s help

Christie Bunge beams as she helps a student with homework at the YWCA shelter in Fargo as part of the Study Buddies program there. The program for kindergarten through high school students residing at the shelter provides after-school curriculum to promote positive study habits. She volunteers to help once a week for a two-hour session. “The help I give depends on what homework they have to do. I like to help them with math,” says Bunge, 20, a sophomore at Concordia College majoring in secondary math education. For the little ones, she helps with art project or plays games. “Sometimes it’s just listening to little ones reading a book.” During her first year at the Moorhead college, she participated in a learning project by watching kids at the shelter on respite nights for the parent. She wrote a paper about mentoring and that has since turned into the formation of a mentoring program that is in the works at the YWCA for students who have moved out of the shelter. “I’m excited to work one-on-one with them. They really appreciate us being there,” she says adding, “It’s good to know I’m making a positive impact on their lives.” Dave Wallis / The Forum

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