First Niagara Intern Spotlight: Deja Reid

Name: Deja Reid
Hometown: Columbus, OH
College: The Ohio State University
Major and Minor: Community Leadership, Education
Favorite Children’s Book: The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt

I applied to this internship at New Haven Reads with the notion that I would assist with the book bank operations. I remembered the excitement of coming here years ago as a young child to get books. While the book bank is amazing in itself, I could not have imagined the magnitude and impact of the tutoring and the summer programs that I also get to participate in.

Each day of the program, I realize more and more that this is the line of work I want to pursue. My work at New Haven Reads combines my passion of working with children and the aspect of serving the community. It is a perfect combination of meeting a need in the community and encouraging a love of learning outside of the classroom. My responsibilities here at NHR are giving me practice in working with kids in an educational setting, lesson planning, administrative planning, as well as interactions in a patron driven organization.

My favorite part of tutoring is reading aloud. I love seeing their silly expressions while reading. I recently read The Book with No Pictures with a student and she loved it! It gave her free range to laugh at the silly voices I used while reading the funny words. She was also very proud to be the smartest kid in the world, as the book said she was. Clubs allow the students to interact with other students that they may not know. In both the math and drama clubs that I lead, we put a huge emphasis on group interactions and group activities. It is important to me that they are gaining friends or at the very least, another familiar face when they come to tutoring.

I am grateful to be in a positive work environment such as this, and would like to thank the First Niagara Foundation for giving me this opportunity. I look forward to the rest of the summer full of learning, reading and fun here at New Haven Reads.