Volunteer programs continue to be beneficial to Marshall kids

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

For the third year in a row, there was a volunteer program in the Marshall School District to help certain kindergarten students with their reading skills. The program has been titled "America's Promise," and it was directed and sponsored by Wood & Huston Bank of Marshall.

In the "America's Promise" program, different community volunteers came to Benton School one day each week during the later part of the school year to work with kindergarten students. Each volunteer would sit with a group of three or four kindergarten students and listen to the kids read, assist the youngsters when they needed help and read aloud to the students.

At the end of the school year, Wood & Huston Bank and the Marshall Kiwanis Club treated the students to lunch out at a local restaurant, which was a real treat for the kids.

As we said, this is the third year for the reading assistance program and it was developed by Benton kindergarten teachers Fay Vessell and Stephanie Tobin, with the assistance of Principal Don Garst.

The program appeared to be highly successful, as the volunteers were able to spend some quality time with their students and give them some much needed one-on-one instruction. Several of the volunteers commented on how wonderful it was to see the joy in the eyes of the children when they would learn a new word.

The volunteers who worked with kindergarten students in the "America's Promise" program included: Alicia Gossett, Diana Smith, Ed Reis, Janice Chastine, Janice Roberts, Lisa Patton, Maureen Burks, Rebecca Townsend, Terie Starke, Tricia Stoneking and Mel Sharon. A special thank you to these folks for going above and beyond to help our students be successful. Also, thanks to Wood & Huston Bank for sponsoring the program, the Marshall Kiwanis Club for lunch and Reis for coordinating the program.

If any member of the community would be interested in being a volunteer in this program during the coming school year, please contact Reis at Wood & Huston Bank, (660) 886-6825, ext. 154.

Community volunteer tutoring program very successful once again For the fifth year in a row, our elementary school community volunteer tutoring program was very successful.

In this program, volunteers from the community came into three Marshall elementary schools and worked with second-, third- and fourth-grade students on their reading and math skills.

The program has definitely helped some of our younger students become better readers and better in math, and it has also provided an opportunity for these youngsters to spend some quality time with some very caring adults from our community.

Following are the names of the 48 community volunteers who gave of their time to help our students:

Southeast School (second grade): Margaret Alfrey, Edwina Arni, Carol Cook, Mark Clemons, Darlene Cordes, Mike Davis, Teresa Harms, Marybelle Laughlin, Betty McCampbell, Margaret McCampbell, Alice Perkins, Judy Reed, Jeanette Root, Norma Rutter, Virgie Simmerman, Barbara Wright and Steve Vanderhoof.

Eastwood School (third grade): Rowena Anglen, Peter Alling, Bob Barr, Frank Duggins, Mary Eikerman, Shirley Gault, Chuck Hird, Bev Johnson, Fran McGuire, Sandy Morrow, Jamie Nichols, Connie Rieth, Diane Swift and Peggy Wickizer.

Northwest School (fourth grade): Dave Anderson, Velma Bacon, Michelle Benner, Martha Brown, Kelly Bloomer, Toni Bryson, Rich DePaoli, Deb Fisher, Loretta Green, Virginia Hupp, Al Jones, Jeanette Klinge, Clarice Malan, Don Messerly, Mary Lou Riney, Doris Whitlock and Rachel Woodring.

Thanks again to these folks for going the extra mile to help our kids be their best.

Also, thanks to our three teachers who coordinated the tutoring program in their respective buildings: Virginia Bryant, Dawn Plummer and Barbie Criswell.