On one of the last Wednesdays of summer vacation, a group of Mountain View kids gathered in the atrium of the neighborhood library, waiting for the clock to hit 1:30 p.m. That’s when the video game tournament was set to start.
A handful of teens helped set up game consoles and arrange haphazard brackets inside the library’s community room. Over the past few weeks, the young volunteers have lent a hand with family storytimes and game days, work in the library and activities for kids. The Wednesday tournament marked some of the last time they’d spend volunteering before going back to school in mid-August. The best part of the summer so far?
“Probably the people that I work with,” said Nakayla, 13, a student at Clark Middle School who volunteered for the first time this year alongside her sister, 14-year-old Nakira. “Everyone has different personalities, and I think that’s a nice mix.”
“I really had fun,” Nakira said.