Celebrating our Volunteers (part 2 in an occasional series)
When many of us reflect about what makes Corbett School District a great place to be, we certainly think about the importance of the volunteers in our grade school. We have decided to share with everyone, some of the people who are currently volunteering in our grade school. While our hope is to feature as many people as possible as we interview our amazing volunteers, we know that it will be hard to recognize everyone! So if you have ever read with a child, laminated a poster, learned to use the book binder, or sat down to explain how to divide two digit numbers to someone very confused, THANK YOU!
Eli Pride has been volunteering in the grade school for 5 years. The unique thing about Eli is that her volunteer work did not begin as a result of her own children attending Corbett Schools. She actually had no connection to the school other than it was in her community. So, why does someone decide to volunteer at a place to which they have no personal connection? Because they enjoy giving of themself to their community.
After Eli retired, she decided to look for ways to serve the people around her. She’s been quite successful in that venture as she’s worked for the Corbett NERT team, citizen patrol, and as an amateur radio operator who will aide with communication in the event of a disaster. Fortunately for us, she needed even more ways to give and contacted the school a number of years ago to see if she could be of service.
Eli has faithfully spent time once a week helping children and teachers. She has mastered the laminator, book binder and copy machine; but most importantly, has listened to children read hundreds of books. Reading with children is one of her favorite tasks. She also enjoys doing small-group work with phonics and math skills.
When asked what she gets in return for her volunteer work, Eli mentions her personal fulfillment while helping a child, and the happiness that giving back to a community naturally creates. A side benefit, she observes, is that watching teachers and seeing interesting projects gives her lots of ideas to use with her own grandson.
Thank you Ms. Pride.