Christine Krysinski received some help with her friend Missy Williamson, another Americorps member, in painting a mural outside of The Center Clinic office in Dodge Center. Photo by Tara Lindquist
By Tara Lindquist
The Center Clinic has been fortunate to have AmeriCorps member Christine Krysinski working at the clinic and at the Triton pre-school. Krisinski was a part of the AmeriCorps LEAP initiative for southern Minnesota.
Krysinski spent half of her time working with pre-school students at the Triton Elementary School and the other half of her time was spent working at The Center Clinic. On Wednesdays, Krysinski taught the Ready for Success classes that the Center Clinic holds. The class is similar to an ECFE class and is for kids ages 3-5. "I think the kids taught me way more than I taught them," she said. "It was a great experience to work with the kids and their parents."
At Triton, she helped students build emotional and social skills so they are ready for kindergarten next year.
Krysinski grew up in Birmingham, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Biology. She started college and she had hoped to go to medical school but quickly found out medicine wasn't for her. "I decided I was more interested in public health," she said. "I'm really passionate about helping kids and families." She felt The Center Clinic and working with preschoolers for the past eleven months was the perfect fit for her. "I was lucky to be placed here it has been a wonderful experience and I have enjoyed the community and the kids."
Krysinski said she learned this past year that everyone is trying to do the best that they can with the circumstances that they have.
"I've learned a lot about being open and accepting to others and that you can almost always find a common ground with someone," she explained. "I've learned to listen and ask how I can help someone instead of making that decision for them."
She said working at The Center Clinic has also taught her that a small group of people working together can have a huge impact on the community.
Krysinski will attend George Washington University in the fall; she is pursuing a master's degree in public health and a law degree. "I want to help write public policy," she said. "I want to help eliminate poverty and I want to help families."
Krysinski's last day at The Center Clinic will be July 16, her last day of the Ready for Success class is July 9.