SCHOOL PRAISES VOLUNTEERS' EFFORTS
Students’ habits improve thanks to Woodgate Readers
SUPERHEROES don’t always wear suits, or have laser vision and the ability to fly.
For Goodwood State School students, their superheroes are a large group of community members who give up time to help them.
The students showed their appreciation at a morning tea for volunteers last week.
The group of Eleanor Mastin, Philip and Janice Hobbs, Kate Emery, Pauline Greer, Elaine Williams, Dale Richmond and Val Walkington make up the Woodgate Readers.
They volunteer their time to help the next generation learn the basics of reading.
Mrs Mastin organises the group who listens mainly to Prep or Year 1 students read.
The group also ensures the students understand the books’ content.
“We have a different role, and so we have a real trust element with the students,” Mrs Mastin said.
“They tell us their little stories and we’ll share some of ours.
“It’s the most delightful way to start a morning.”
One of the group’s goals is to give the students confidence.
But group members said building confidence took time and trust between the students and the Woodgate Readers.
Mrs Mastin said that at the start of the program the students would wait inside the classroom.
“Now they’re waiting for us at the gate,” Mrs Mastin said.
“It’s just really enjoyable. You get to know them as a person, and just to know we’ve helped is enough reward for us.”
Principal Steve Coleman paid tribute to the volunteers.
REWARDING: Goodwood State School students honour community members at a morning tea.