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TEEN AMBASSADOR Ayushi Mohanty, a junior at Carnegie Vanguard High School, gives back to the Bellaire community by volunteering her time with Evelyn’s Park Conservancy.
Everyone needs a little break from the house, and Evelyn’s Park is a beautiful pocket park in the city of Bellaire tucked away from all the hustle and bustle. From bingo nights to open-air markets, Evelyn’s Park has family-friendly activities planned for almost every day.
Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, my family and I would visit Evelyn’s Park almost every weekend to exercise and spend more time with each other. I have lots of memories, from playing on the slides with my brother to chatting on the butterfly wall with my parents.
I wanted to spread the joy that I had received from being at Evelyn’s Park, so I decided to become a Teen Ambassador. There are several events where I can help out the community even during the pandemic, as the park is one of the safer places for people to go to. As a Teen Ambassador, I get the chance to help vendors sell their products, pass out flyers for all events, and advertise to potential sponsors about the upcoming Phase Two of the park, with a splash pad, pavilion, more shade, and interactive play.
I get to help families, children, and even their pets enjoy the same pleasures I do when my family and I visit the park. In the hot and humid Houston summers, Evelyn’s Park serves as a sanctuary for all.
The Dog Day at the Park event was a special one-time occasion that I was able to be a part of. This was a wonderful experience where I got to provide the animals with water and food while also gaining communication skills when speaking with their owners.
So far I’ve been able to give back to the community, meet several people, make new friends, learn various skills, and accomplish more than I thought I would. And in a time like this, volunteering and supporting our community is a top priority. Being a Teen Ambassador at Evelyn’s Park Conservancy was a great way to accomplish that.
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