The Rainier Time Bank has a secret weapon: ten year old Phoenix Rising student Noah Medrud. Noah has become a coordinator for the program’s children’s division, and so far has delivered Power Point presentations at Time Bank meetings in Rainier and Lacey, and on Tuesday, June 12th he’ll be presenting an introduction to Time Banking at the Phoenix Rising School at 6:00 p.m. Parents and community members are invited to attend. “He’s getting pretty into it,” says Robin Lee, his father Wayne’s business partner.
Noah had actually never created a Power Point presentation until several months ago. “It started as a result of his project on Barack Obama for social studies,” says PRS language arts and social studies teacher Sophie Sykes. According to Robin, he picked it up quickly. In fact, “He is the most knowledgeable Time Bank member when it comes to Power Point,” she says. The Rainier Time Bank is a local chapter of an international organization that builds community through exchanging services and time rather than money. “We welcome all individuals, neighborhood groups/associations, school community service programs, churches and civic organizations to join us in building community by trading time,” say coordinators Jalene Smith and Heidi Gould.
Noah’s family are members of the Time Bank, and after gaining confidence through his social studies project, he approached Jalene and Heidi at the end of the monthly meeting in April. “He told them, ‘I’d like to make some Power Points for the Time Bank,’ says Robin. “They said, ‘Oh, great. Can you include the principles of timebanking?’ and he said sure, so he did that and so he ended up incorporating pictures into them. All of the adults were so impressed.”
For Noah, it’s a chance to practice newfound skills. “I asked to be kids’ coordinator because I could update the website and the facebook page,” he says. “I know how to do those things.” As the coordinator, he will also be working to get others his age involved. “I like that you don’t have to pay people in money,” he says. “You can just work for people and you get hours.”
Any time bank members who attend Tuesday’s meeting will earn extra hours if they bring a guest or a dish to share. For more information about Time Banking, visit http://www.hour4hourtimeexchange.org/about.php