Since Amy Dalton was a young girl she has always been around volunteer work and considers it her way of life. “I don’t think my parents ever said it out loud, but I got the message,” she said. “When you see what a difference you can make in people just by trying to make them happy, it’s powerful.” Dalton got her teaching degree and taught various grades at schools in Saginaw and Chicago for more than ten years. But as a mother of four when she moved back to Michigan she realized she didn’t have the time to have a full-time teaching job, so she decided to get involved as a volunteer at Wilcox Elementary School in Holt. As a volunteer Dalton created an after school art club on Tuesdays, which started with a maximum of 20 students. It has now grown to more than 50 students and takes place on both Tuesdays and Thursdays.“I always knew art was important, but it isn’t my expertise,” she said. “I think that helps the kids, it eases the pressure because I’m learning with them.”
Katelyn Sweet is a senior at Central Michigan University studying Integrative Public Relations and Journalism.