I had the pleasure of interviewing one of Al-Bustan’s attendance assistants at Moffet Arab Arts After-School Program, a third-grader named Jehaid.
I was always in charge of attendance. However, one Monday I was sitting in the auditorium with my sheet, when Jehaid came up to me and asked, “Can I take attendance for you?” On a whim I agreed, thinking that this would be a one-time thing. The next day, I am taking attendance again, when Jehaid comes up to me and asks, “Where’s my sheet?”
“Where’s my sheet? I am taking attendance.”
Jehaid inspired the creation of leadership roles for Moffet students. She is responsible, outgoing, smart, and a natural-born leader. During parent pick-up, Jehaid had a minute to chat with me about her experience.
S: How has your experience been so far at the Moffet Arab Arts After-School Program?
J: The best.
S: In what way?
J: I have never taken attendance before. This is my first job at Al-Bustan.
S: Could you elaborate on any prior experience you have which makes you qualified for this position?
J: I was a teaching assistant for Ms. Kane’s second-grade class. I am also now a messenger for my third grade class.
S: What is a messenger?
J: Oh, it’s like you send things to the office or to another teacher.
S: Got it. Well that sounds great. Last question: What do you want to be when you grow up?
J: A doctor.
S: Wow, that’s really cool, why do you want to be a doctor?
J: My mom’s here.
Jehaid is very well-rounded and super ambitious. Seeing how much she has achieved at Moffet in such a short amount of time makes me confident that she is on her way to accomplishing much, much more.
Stay tuned for more quick interviews with Moffet students!
— Soumya Dhulekar, Programs Coordinator