Sam Stockton, undergraduate at of Dartmouth College, volunteering time at Everest Value SchoolSam Stockton did not graduate from Value Schools. He came by way of Dartmouth College where he is studying to be an educator. He spent his winter break giving back to students at Everest Value School.

Sam wanted real-world experience in an innovative educational environment. He believed giving his time could help students get better. What he didn't expect was the kids and teachers at Everest Value School might alter the way he thinks of education.

"My father, who works with Value Schools Board Chair Grant Cambridge, introduced me to Value Schools," Sam explains. "It's definitely made me understand what is effective for our Values students, and what are effective educational tools."

Sam didn't know quite what to expect when he began. He soon found himself working directly with kids, assisting with reading and math. The teachers appreciated having extra resources, and students felt comfortable reaching out to someone as caring as Sam.

"It's absolutely a challenge to work with 30 kids at once, and the teachers at Everest Value are so innovative. The teachers are always able to adapt and make the students' experience better. They all care for one another. They support one another."

The teachers at Everest Value are so innovative. The teachers are always able to adapt and make the students' experience better."

-- Sam Stockton, Volunteer at Everest Value School

Sam was also struck by how deeply the Values inform the rigor of the students, especially when it came to Value One: We think that going to school right now is the most important thing we can do.

"The students really want to be in school," he said, "They want to be learning. And they push each other to learn more. The Values help them internalize their goals, and those learner objectives are very helpful to them."

Students from Everest often gave shout-outs to Sam, thanking him for his support and for being, as one student put it, "...a great friend, a great helper... He helped us reach our fullest potential." And all this has had a big influence on Sam.

"The principal is involved with everything," he says. "The teachers and students at Everest have an exciting spirit that goes through every single person. That engagement convinces everyone that being here is an important thing to do. And that has been very rewarding for me."

Value Schools thanks Sam for giving his time, wisdom, and care to the students and families of Value Schools, and wishes him success in his own academic adventures!

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