Raising Readers in Story County

July 2017 Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight!


Emily Hall 

Continuing our spotlights of school year volunteers who are with us this summer for Reading Buddies, we are spotlighting Emily Hall in July!  Emily was a StoryPals volunteer at Northwood Preschool during the school year, and is serving as site supervisor for our Eastwood Apts and Bethesda Lutheran Church Reading Buddies sites this summer. Emily volunteered for StoryPals because she strongly supports our mission. 

Emily is originally from Ames and is currently an Elementary Education student at Iowa State University. Her endorsements are in Reading and Math and she is close to graduation with only her student teaching left this fall. She'll be student teaching through the stem-based TRINECT program in a 3rd-grade classroom at Gartin Elementary School in Des Moines.

Emily spends most of her free time working with children, although you might recognize her if you are a regular at Great Plains Sauce and Dough Company and Brick City Grill, where she works. She also loves playing with her five pets (three dogs and two guinea pigs)!

Q: What do you think of the RRSC volunteer experience?

One of my favorite experiences with RRSC was when one of my three-year-old Story Pals acted out a different dinosaur for me every time we met! 

Q: Why are you excited to be a part of Reading Buddies this summer?

I am excited for Reading Buddies because I love seeing the connections made between tutors and tutees blossom, along with the growth that can be seen within each student as a reader.

Q: What surprised you about RRSC or your volunteer experience?

The passion that every person involved has for literacy education in the primary grades. My supervisors have been great role models and I have learned more than I could have imagined along the way!

Q: What would you say to someone considering volunteering for RRSC?

This opportunity is something that I wish I would have found years ago! Volunteering for RRSC comes with many unique experiences with literacy education and connections with both students and peers that last a lifetime.

Emily (far right) and other StoryPals volunteers at Northwood this year!


Q: Anything else you'd like to share about yourself or your volunteer experience?

With every new child I work with, I make it my goal to help them become passionate about literacy and begin to understand the beauty of learning. Here is a quote that guides me every day, said by Rita Pearson, "Every child deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

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