Week 2:
The Grind

Cornell Fellow in Sociology & Community Outreach

O'Keeffe Middle School | Madison, Wisconsin

November 7, 2018

Working at my desk

During week 2 I have had my nose to the grindstone working on finding parent and community assets. Part of my role here is to do the background work to find and receive donations. This means documenting community assets, setting up our social media according to brand and implementing easy ways to donate. This project has obstacles, for example, I can’t find the school’s Instagram page, yet I am persistent to get it up and running. Getting things done in a middle school often has a few more step than anticipated, which make those accomplishments that much more satisfying.

Happy Halloween!

I have continued to meet with teachers to hear their thoughts and ask about other vital community connections. An important part of mapping assets is to find the people that you don’t know. Yet, finding the people you don’t know is a daunting task. To find these “mystery” people, I started asking our key partners to connect me with people I don’t know. From there I have made a spider-web of connections that I will continue to grow over my time at O’Keeffe. When I make a connection, I document their contact information and a brief description of their skills so I can build a map of assets.

I can’t share photos of kids in their costumes, so here are some cute pumpkins instead

My favorite part of this week was Halloween. The kids and teachers dressed up in costumes and I carved pumpkins. After work, I spent the evening handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.┬áThis month I am living with some family friends in a quiet residential area, so great for trick-or-treater’s. This was some much needed stress relief after a long day of listening to student success meetings.

Madison Evans '19

Madison is a sociology major and art history minor from San Francisco, California.