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Volunteer Estes honored

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017

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Grace Estes, 14, of Farson Wyoming, was named Wyoming’s top middle level youth volunteer of 2017 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Grace attended Lusk Elementary/Middle School during her kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade years. The teachers at Lusk help inspire her to want to help others.

Grace, an eighth grader at Farson-Eden Middle School in Wyoming, volunteered as a tutor at her school’s summer program last year. When she heard that a teacher she knew needed help with a summer reading program, Grace was quick to volunteer. “I live near the school and I asked her how I could help,” she said. “I wanted to help the kids learn to read.”

Grace worked during all 16 days of the summer session. Her job was to tutor all of the students in math and reading, read books to the younger students, and help older kids sound out words as they read aloud. She also helped a Spanish-speaking student with math problems. By the end of the session, she had assisted three teachers and all of the 22 students Grace tutored had met their summer reading goals. Tutoring, Grace said, actually improved her own math and reading skills. She plans to continue as a summer school tutor throughout high school. “I learned that I like to help people,” Grace said.

For the complete article see the 02-15-2017 issue.

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