Sarah Flores, “Kidtern” and Reading Coordinator at Casa Linda
Well to start things off, my name is Sarah Flores and I just finished my first year of college at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor studying education. And I am blessed to be serving as a Reading Coordinator at Casa Linda United Methodist Church.
Now, how I got here . . .
Who is the little girl standing in front of a book case? Well, that’s me way back in 2001. I don’t exactly remember who took that picture or who the interns were that year, but what I do remember is the IMPACT they had on me. I grew up in the Project Transformation program at the Oak Cliff United Methodist Church site – literally! I was in Project Transformation from the 1st grade to my senior year in high school. That’s a whopping twelve years in the program and I am so proud to be a Project Transformation graduate!!!! One question I get asked all the time is, “What did Project Transformation do for you?” Well, my answer to that is, what didn’t it do? I know it is cliché, but it “transformed” me.
Project Transformation has done so much for me. It has provided lifelong friends, an experience I will never forget, and memories that will last a lifetime. Looking back, there were times where I dreamed about becoming a cool intern, and well, here I am! It’s weird being on the other side of things. I didn’t know all the hard work that went into being an intern and now that I have gone through it, I appreciate all those who served and invested time in me. They opened me up, improved my reading skills, and most importantly, helped me grow spiritually.
I will never forget all the memories I made at site. I can honestly say that my life wouldn’t be the same if I had not gone to Project Transformation all those summers. It changed my world, helped me realize my potential, and taught me I can make it through the tough times. I have been given so much and now I get to give back to the community and the kids that I’m serving as an intern this summer.