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Once a week the grade one class at École Van Walleghem School welcomes a special group of visitors.

“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 back?”

We asked a few of the students to share what they like about the weekly visits. Here is what they had to day:

"I like 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." - Evelin

Learn more about École Van Walleghem School.

Connecting through books

Once a week the grade one class at École Van Walleghem School welcomes a special group of visitors.

“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 back?”

We asked a few of the students to share what they like about the weekly visits. Here is what they had to day:

"I like 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." - Evelin

Learn more about École Van Walleghem School.

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