On April 6th Volunteer East Tennessee held their 4th annual Volunteer Recognition Awards. Among many deserving volunteers, the banquet honored seven individuals and two award recipients serving Great Schools Partnership initiatives. Our very own Leaders for Readers Project Manager, Nicole Wilson, was recognized as Volunteer Manager of the Year. Nicole helped pilot and develop Leaders for Readers, a volunteer reading program conducted in partnership with Knox County Schools. The program is presently in fifteen Knox County public schools and will expand to 10 new sites in the 2019-20 school year.
Terry Mosley and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, a partner of Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy Community School, were recognized as Civic Volunteers of the Year for their mentorship work with 5th grade boys. This group guides the boys through their transition to middle school with positive representation and lunchtime lecture topics such as interview skills, controlling anger, and the importance of education. The group hopes to, “instill a sense of pride, belonging, and desire to achieve among these young men.”
In addition to these impactful contributions, the following individuals were also honored:
- Barbara Brock is a volunteer with our Leaders for Readers serving Norwood Elementary Community School. She has helped several children over the past three years while working in her daughter’s classroom.
- Bernice McLemore serves with the Foster Grandparent program at New Hopewell Elementary Community School. ‘Granny B’ is a vital part of Mrs. Morales’ kindergarten classroom and a beloved member of the New Hopewell family.
- Joyce Richman is a volunteer with Leaders for Readers serving South Knox Elementary Community School. Joyce became a member through their Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). At SKE, the teachers say Joyce’s love of reading has a multigenerational impact.
- Lee Fox is a volunteer with Leaders for Readers serving third grade students at Ball Camp Elementary. In addition to his reading duties, Lee also organizes volunteers to open car doors for students on chilly mornings.
- Lorrie Lance is a volunteer with Leaders for Readers serving Maynard Elementary. Lorrie is “an invaluable resource to the teachers and students.” Lorrie remembers each student birthday by purchasing a book for them to read together.
- Sandy Garber is a volunteer with Leaders for Readers serving first grade students at Ball Camp Elementary. She has volunteered at the school for the past four years and is a dedicated volunteer for her students.
We’d also like to recognize our special friend, Beth Scoonover, the founder of For the Love of Reading. For the Love of Reading is a literacy program in its fourth year serving Christenberry Elementary Community School. The program mission is to bring regular readers to elementary classrooms and also provide students with reading material that piques their interest and love of reading.
The East Tennessee Volunteer Recognition Awards (ETVRA) is an annual program of Volunteer East Tennessee. Volunteer East Tennessee is a nonprofit volunteer center that inspires service by equipping organizations and mobilizing volunteers to connect with one another and strengthen communities. For more information on ETVRA or Volunteer East Tennessee, please visit VolunteerETN.org .