When planning their year’s community service activities, the fifth graders involved in the Volunteers in Partnership Club at The Wampus School knew one thing had to be on the calendar: going back to Coman Hill to read to the younger students.
“It’s become a favorite thing to do,” club advisor Antoinette Addonizio said.
The VIP, Jr., community service club is the fifth grade chapter of the Volunteers in Partnership/Leo Club at H. C. Crittenden Middle School. This year, the club has also helped with a school-wide read-a-thon to raise money for a Long Beach Island elementary school affected by Superstrom Sandy and collected donations for The Pinwheel Project, which works with hospitalized children. They’ll host a visitor from a local dog shelter and will plant a tree later this year.
Fifth-grader Ethan Rensik read a book called “Roller Coaster.”
“I used to love this book,” he told the younger children.
Second-grade teacher Jen Rowell said her students enjoy the visitors.
“As second graders, my students are used to reading to younger students, because they read to other students at Coman Hill, so it’s good for them to be able to sit and enjoy books,” she said. “Sharing books is fun for the students.”