Marcel Benoit

“It's also very exciting to know that I will be doing something I WANT to do instead of something I have to do.”

Operation P.E.A.C.E. - That simple title rings a bell louder than Notre Dame. This bell triggers nothing but memories of pleasant afternoons and fulfilling summers. Whether I was working with my dad or playing with the other kids in the program, it has always felt like a 2nd home to me.

It's full of supportive people whom I’m not afraid to call my family. I think of Operation P.E.A.C.E. as a great place to be for the afterschool program or the summer camp. Every year produces new memories for everyone. During the summer, all the rising 1st through 6th graders are preparing themselves for the new school year, and having fun while doing it. The teens, like me, are learning to be successful in the world of business. We make business portfolios, profit projections, and ideas for plans we may want to pursue some day. And those ideas are later judged by a group of community representatives.

Operation P.EAC.E. is now entering its 17th year of their summer program. I am ready for another year of fun and excitement, especially this year. There is a new entrepreneurship program, that I intend to be a part of, that will allow me to intern at a business of my choice. Paid or unpaid, I am just really excited to be working. It's also very exciting to know that I will be doing something I WANT to do instead of something I have to do. It won't be only me either; nine other teens in the program will have the same opportunity. The only difference is they don't know this yet, so they will be genuinely surprised.

The 1st through 6th graders will have a very eventful summer as well. Along with learning their academic subjects, they will be going on field trips and having swimming lessons twice a week. They'll also have people from the community come in to speak about their fulfilling jobs and careers. Operation P.E.A.C.E. will be amazing this summer with new experiences for not only the teens, but also for all of the children in the program.