Service with a smile
Whether she's at Estacada First Baptist Church or River Mill Elementary School, Estacada High School student Emma Adamson is often happily helping younger children.
Adamson's passion for mentoring and teaching are some of the many reasons she was selected as the subject of the Estacada News' profile introducing the Pamplin Media Group's 2019 Amazing Kids. Each year, PMG chooses 27 young people from across the Portland area as representative of the talent, foresight and commitment to others that give rise to a hopeful future and inspire us all. Their stories are showcased in a special publication in today's newspaper.
Adamson, who was recently named as a junior prom princess, will move to Eastern Oregon with her family in later this year. During the time she's spent in Estacada, she has volunteered in many capacities, including assisting with Sunday children's ministry and the weekly youth AWANA program at Estacada First Baptist Church; the Estacada First Baptist Church backpack buddies program, which connects youth with food; and the Estacada High School student mentor program.
Adamson particularly enjoys working with children through the church's youth programs.
"I watch them, make sure they're safe and teach them about Jesus," she said. "I want to be a helper, and I like working with kids."
One of Adamson's favorite memories from spending time with children at the church was when they gave her flowers they had picked.
Through the Estacada High School student mentor program, Adamson spends time helping in a classroom at River Mill Elementary School five days a week.
"I help them with their school work and help the teacher organize the classroom," she said.
There are approximately 45 high school students who participate in the program, and Adamson has enjoyed spending time with her fellow mentors. One of the best parts for her has been "hanging out with them at lunch time."
When she isn't volunteering with children, Adamson participates in 4-H and shows llamas at the Clackamas County Fair. She enjoys sharing information about llamas with others at the fair.
She has two llamas named Trooper and Indy and hopes to train one to become a therapy llama.
"I'm training it to. . .interact with kids," she said.
Adamson became interested in llamas through her friend, Grant Wagner.
"He wanted me to try it out," she said.
Along with llamas, Adamson's family also has a dog, cats, cows, chickens, turkeys and a peacock. When there are visitors to the family farm, Adamson enjoys introducing them to all of the pets.
"She's our tour guide. She likes to show friends," said Nichole Adamson, her mother.
Adamson found out that she was a junior prom princess last week.
"It was a surprise," she said. "They asked me to come to the (school) commons and they were announcing the princesses. When I was walking out, they announced my name."
She added that she is looking forward to dancing with friends and taking pictures at the event.
After graduating from high school, Adamson plans to become a teacher's aide and is looking forward to "getting to help teach kids."
Adamson has lived in Estacada since she was in second grade and will miss the people she's met when she moves, but is excited to explore a new place.
She's appreciated meeting new people while volunteering in Estacada.
"I've made a ton of friends through church," she said.