In my community, there are many opportunities for students to volunteer, through Key Club, National Honor Society, and other groups. One of these opportunities is volunteering with Special Olympics. I have volunteered with Special Olympics Bowling for over two years now. I could say that, by keeping score for the Olympians and encouraging positive behavior and inclusion, I am helping my community. I guess, in a way, I am, but what’s more important is the realization that when I am volunteering with the bowlers, all the stress about tests and homework melts away. You realize that even though it is important to take things seriously, everyone deserves a little fun from time to time. Through this volunteer opportunity with Special Olympics, my school and community promote students’ health and wellness.

—Berlin High School