Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 9, 2014

Finding wonder, happiness within a joyful group of children


You forget what it’s like to be a child with the ability to find joy in everyday things — whether it’s blowing bubbles or drawing with chalk. Having the privilege of interacting with these children instilled in me a newfound sense of wonder and happiness. It made me see the world a little differently and take time to appreciate what I have. Some of the children I worked with faced greater challenges than William, but they were bright and energetic and put their all in everything they did. I knew I had found the right place to volunteer.

My first event at the PCCD was the Trot for Special Tots. Since then, I’ve also been able to volunteer at holiday parties as well as in a summer classroom. Volunteering was initially a little nerve-racking, but the strong sense of community within the PCCD walls helped me acclimate. I had the opportunity to not only work with amazing children, but also with a dedicated staff who made my experience so worthwhile. They showed me what I needed to do in order to be successful and opened my eyes to all the good the PCCD does for so many families.

I feel honored to have the privilege of volunteering at the Professional Center for Child Development. Being able to work with the children and interact with them on a personal level is an unbelievably rewarding experience. I am grateful to Ellen Waddill and everyone else at PCCD for this amazing volunteer opportunity, and I look forward to continuing my work with the fantastic staff and children at PCCD.

Elizabeth Bernardin is a sophomore at Andover High School.

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