Volunteer Spotlight
Aquatics Volunteer Readers


Participating Aquatic Readers:  Keith Anderson, Mike Lubeach, Bob Scully, John Ulmer, Jack Foote, Larry Gritton, Rick Nally, Alayne Wright, Jessie Daniels, John Ulmer, Bill Guenthner, Jack Foote, Larry Gritton, Alayne Wright,  Charles Wachowski, and Tip Thibodeaux.  (Photo: Abdul Sharif )

The Volunteer Talent Center would like to introduce the newest group of individuals as Aquatic Readers in the Jefferson County School District. Approximately fifteen members of the Aquatic Resources Fishing Program have cheerfully and energetically taken on the task of re-vitalizing the Early Years Initiative Program at Chancey, Eisenhower, Gutermuth and Trunnell Elementary Schools. Working to help improve and raise the students’ reading and comprehension skills is the motivation of the volunteers and tutees and an added bonus is establishing and building rapport between students  and fishing buddies when each school has its “Day at the Lake” in April and May.

The program has several old-time tutors and mentors, but others are doing this for the first time.  They are doing an amazing job and reports are filtering in that both mentors and students are enjoying this experience.  We asked  for comments on how the program was going, and here are some of the responses the VTC received.


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“I enjoy my time with Aqua Reading/Fishing because I want kids to see and think that even a wheelchair cannot stop anyone from doing what they want or need to do to be happy….I tell students that their arms are more important than their legs…  
 ALAYNE WRIGHT, EISENHOWER  AND TRUNNELL
                                               
“I have so enjoyed reading to elementary students… they are awesome kids and at age 65 I am having the time of my life sharing my love of fishing and my love of children
RICK NALLY,  GUTERMUTH

“ First graders and fifth grade reading buddies were enthusiastic…they asked to read passages from the book ABC: Hooked on Fishing. ..”                                                                

JESSIE DANIELS, GUTERMUTH 

“Trunnell children are very well-behaved…had great questions and showed much interest…their enthusiasm reflects back and time goes swiftly…we’re looking forward to next season…”                                                          
                                                                                                           
BILL GUENTHNER, TRUNNELL
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Congratulations to all who have taken the time to work with our students.

Participating Aquatic Readers:  Keith Anderson, Mike Lubeach, Bob Scully, John Ulmer, Jack Foote, Larry Gritton, Rick Nally, Alayne Wright, Jessie Daniels, John Ulmer, Bill Guenthner, Jack Foote, Larry Gritton, Alayne Wright,  Charles Wachowski, and Tip Thibodeaux.  (some members not shown in picture)