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Erica Seidenkranz: Going Above and Beyond at Boys and Girls Club

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Aug 10, 2015
by Garrett Benz, Rachel Buck, and Maggie Mason, UMD Writing 1120 Students

Erica Seidenkranz, a junior at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, recently finished volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club of West Duluth. Supported by The United Way of Greater Duluth, this organization provides kids with tutoring help, meals, and opportunities to socialize and exercise. The Boys and Girls Club is available to youth ages 6 through 18, and is open daily from 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  

At the Boys and Girls Club, Erica spent her time tutoring middle school and high school students in a variety of subjects, including science, math, social studies and reading. "It is so rewarding to watch when the student finally understands it," notes Erica. Erica also provided one-on-one group work and card games, and interacted with the students through sports.


"There are very talented, awesome kids out there and the Boys and Girls Club allows them a place to shine," she says. 


Erica plans to be a teacher once she graduates from school, and says that her volunteer work has prepared her for her future. "I've learned what kind of teacher I want to be. I would love to get a job in the science field, and I am especially interested in teaching older grades."




When she is not busy volunteering, Erica maintains an exemplary GPA and dedicates much of her free time to becoming a better runner for the track and cross-country teams at UMD.  Erica loves to spend time with her sister, a freshman at UMD, and tries to find a little time in the middle of her busy schedule to relax. Her academic accomplishments include being on the Dean's List and being on the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Academic Team for Women's Track and Outdoor Field.

Thank you for all your time and hard work Erica; it's greatly appreciated!