Aunt Bea, teacher, volunteers inspire young readers
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Nancy Martin, who has been volunteering in the reading room for the past three years, works with 8-year-old Skylar Ortiz.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Second-graders Josh Litten and Marie Bosey, both 7, work with each other through a reading exercise in Aunt Bea's Reading Room, which is located in the library at Wilson K-8.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, First-grader Nicole Sanchez, 6, uses a Smart Board during a reading exercise that asked her to find and drag the word she heard. This and many other activities are offered to reading students at Wilson K-8.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Jocelyn Smerz, the reading teacher at Wilson K-8, works with a small group of children in her reading class. The reading room and Smerz's salary are funded by a donor's generous contributions to the school's parent-teacher organization.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Volunteer Mary Finlayson works one-on-one with 6-year-old Lexi Varner in Wilson K-8's Aunt Bea's Reading Room. About 20 volunteers spend a few hours a week helping students work through reading exercises.