If you can remember back to when you were a kid, the coolest people around were always the older kids. If you can recall that level of impression, you can understand what a big deal it is when students from Cooper High School come volunteer teaching a science lesson to first graders at the School of Engineering and Arts in Golden Valley.
"I remember when I was in first grade, I would’ve loved to have a high school student come in and teach us," says David Necas, who is volunteering teaching students about animal motion. He and another student volunteer discuss flippers, big hind legs and how turtles can both swim and walk on dry land. "We come in every two weeks and volunteer with students at SEA school and teach them about science specifically."
Science is David's favorite subject, but he stands out in many memorable ways at Cooper High School. It has become somewhat of a trademark of his school career, and who would know that better than his former fifth grade teacher, who just happens to teach in the grade where David is volunteering.
"David always went above and beyond what I asked him as a student and always seemed to be a step ahead of what I was thinking," says Carrie Casey, who now teaches first grade at the SEA school. "It is one of my favorite things to see the kids come back."
At Cooper High School, David is involved in DECA and is on the speech and debate team. He currently advanced to quarterfinals at state before losing to a teammate by a coach’s decision. He hopes to study either science or finance in college, but since he's just a junior, he is determining where he will apply next school year.
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