Museum creates opportunity for local students
Every year the city of Sandy offers grant money to local nonprofit organizations so they can further their work. Some use it to expand existing services, some to better resources and some, like the Sandy Historical Museum, use it to create new programs in the community.
Through the city's Special Service Contract Program, the museum has created three high school internship positions.
On Oct. 18, the museum staff welcomed Sandy High School juniors Yolanda Sanchez and Nina Massey and senior Isaiah Lamon. Massey and Lamon help man the museum and visitor center on Saturdays, and Sanchez on Sundays.
"I was interested in learning more about my hometown," Lamon explained. "It's really great learning about how the town came about and some of the stories that have been here since the beginning."
At the museum, the interns and other staff meet several people from out of town, state and even the country on a weekly basis. This has created ample learning experiences for the high school students.
"It's a great social job," Lamon said. "You get to meet a lot of new people."
Sanchez noted she was fortunate enough to meet a family from South Korea who hadn't been to the area for 20 years.
"It's very impactful to meet people from out of town and state, and learn why they are here, and hear their stories," Massey explained.
Though they've only spent a short time at their new jobs, the interns all have experiences they are eager to explore. Isaiah is excited to teach" large groups of people about the history of Sandy."
"I'm looking forward to helping with the children's crafts during the tree lighting," Massey said.
In the month that the interns have been working at the museum, they all feel they've gained a lot, not only in job experience, but in education.
"It's a new educational experience for me," Massey said. "I've learned a lot about the original families and how they made Sandy what it is. I find that very interesting."
"You get more actual speaking experience than you would with a job in fast food," Sanchez added. "(You) get to learn a lot of valuable things you wouldn't in a different job. We're actually having a one-on-one conversation with people (at the museum)."
The Sandy Historical Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information about the museum, call 503-668-3378.