Raising Readers in Story County

June 2017 Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight

Morgan Wisnieski and Molly Clasing


We have another combo spotlight this month for our Volunteer Spotlight!

Morgan Wisnieski and Molly Clasing were volunteers in our school year Harrison Barnes Reading Academy program at the Ames Public Library. They enjoyed their time so much with RRSC, that they are sticking around this summer and will work as site supervisors for our K-3 summer literacy tutoring program Reading Buddies! We are delighted to have them and introduce them to you all. Morgan will be a site supervisor at the Trinity Christian Reformed Church site in Ames and the First Methodist Church site in Nevada, while Molly will be a site supervisor at Laverne Apartments and Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames.

Morgan Wisnieski

Morgan is a junior at Iowa State University studying Early Childhood Education and is from West Des Moines. She spent every Monday of this past year volunteering in a kindergarten classroom at Central Elementary in Nevada and loved every minute of her time spent there. When she’s not in school, she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

Molly is a University of Iowa graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She is currently seeking a second bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Iowa State University. She loves spending time with family and friends, reading, writing poetry, and snuggling her pup, Cooper.

Morgan joined the Reading Buddies team after spending the last part of this school year volunteering with RRSC.  “The children in the program are what kept me coming back. When I learned that there was an open position as a site supervisor for the summer program I jumped at the opportunity to dive even deeper in my involvement with Raising Readers!”  Molly also volunteered with the Harrison Barnes Reading Academy. “I enjoy working with young children and watching them grow, fall in love with reading, and see their excitement when they've accomplished something they previously didn't believe they could.”

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

Morgan: My experience with volunteering this past school year has motivated me to get more involved with the program. The children who attend are so appreciative and eager to learn. Watching a child grow throughout the time you work with him or her is an indescribable feeling and it will make you want to come back year after year. This program and my experience volunteering with Raising Readers has opened my eyes to how much of a difference you can make in a child's development.

Molly: Fun and rewarding!

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

Morgan: I am excited to be a part of Raising Readers this summer because I am taking on a new role in the program. Instead of being the volunteer, I will be more involved with the actual planning process. I think I have a lot of great, fun ideas that will keep the children in the program motivated and excited each and every week. I am looking forward to meeting all of the students in just a few short weeks!

Molly: I'm excited to participate in encouraging children to read all year long and watching them continue to improve their literacy skills during the summer!

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

Morgan:  I have had quite a bit of experience with children given my major, but I think what surprised me most about my experience volunteering for Raising Readers was the amazing group of volunteers I got to work with. A program can only be as good as the people working in it, and Raising Readers is lucky to have some of the best. I could see instantly how passionate and dedicated these volunteers were to be helping the children. Best of all, an attitude like that is contagious to not only other volunteers but also the students.

Molly: The number of children it impacts and benefits

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

Morgan: To someone considering volunteering for Raising Readers I would say DO IT. It's not a major time commitment, you would have the opportunity to work with a great group of people, and you will be making a huge difference in a child's life. The feeling you get after a great session is something you have to experience for yourself in order to understand, so I encourage anyone interested to get involved.

Molly: It's not always easy but it's always worth it.

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

Morgan: I loved my time as a volunteer with Raising Readers and I am so excited for the opportunity to be a site supervisor this summer. It's going to be a fun-filled summer and I can't wait to meet everyone that is going to be a part of it :)

Molly: One of my favorite quotes comes from a Roald Dahl book titled The Minpins, "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."

Thanks ladies!

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