As we close out the school year, City Year Tulsa AmeriCorps member Andrea Nieves is saying goodbye to students at Sequoyah Elementary. Throughout the school year, Andrea shared her City Year experience on Twitter, highlighting special moments from the classroom. We asked Andrea how she is saying goodbye to students:

"Saying goodbye can be hard and complicated, regardless of the situation. However, saying goodbye to students that have developed relationships with you, that have grown to care and trust you, and that have had people walk out of their lives frequently can be even harder. Throughout my year of service, I developed strong relationships with my students; we had our good days, and we had our bad ones as well, but in the end they all knew that I cared and that I was always there for them. 

I think that is one of the most important things for when the time comes to say goodbye, to remind them that you will always be there for them. As part of my goodbye, I took a class picture and then wrote personalized notes on the back for each and every one of the students in the class. I also made sure to give them my e-mail as a way to further support the thought that they can still contact me, even though they won’t see me every day. Also, as a special treat I let my students take selfies with me on their phones; to them it was just another way they could remember our year together. Saying goodbye is hard, but reminding each student that they are loved and supported and that I am just an e-mail away made all the difference."

City Year Tulsa AmeriCorps members graduate on June 5, 2015. Applications for the 2015-2016 school year being accepted for the region on a rolling basis. Learn how you can serve with City Year at http://www.cityyear.com/tulsa

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