Once a week the
grade one class at École Van Walleghem School welcomes a special group of
“As soon as they
see us, they start waving and smiling. I think it is great fun and there is equal
benefit. They look forward to coming and the kids equally enjoy the time
reading and talking,”
shares organizer Rose-Ann Weiss.
Last year, the school teamed
up with a seniors group at Immanuel Pentecostal Church. Each week, the
energetic seniors stop in and read with the students. Both the young and the young at heart look forward to the visits.
“I love to help and be part of the community,” shares 68 year old James MacKenzie as he patiently
helps a student read in a quiet hallway in the school.
The retired engineer shares who a road sign inspired him to volunteer.
“It said, if you are not wearing your seat
belt, what is keeping you back? The same thing goes with volunteering. If you
have your health and time, what is holding you
We asked a few of
the students to share what they like about the weekly visits. Here is what they had to day:
reading with the seniors because they are good listeners." - Carter
“I feel good because I like reading." - Leah
"They look happy because they get to read to me.
Their faces are happy." - Zahkar
"When I don't
know a word they sound it out for me.” - Eros
"They say funny stuff like - Do you like ice
cream?" - Charlotte
"They are helping me learn to read." -
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