Reading Buddies

The Reading Buddy program is over for the 2017-2018 school year. Several residents from our area participate. Jay Bay, Marsha Prince, John Ziebarth, Delores Moore, Jaycee White, Becky Whitaker and other residents volunteered their time in local schools to read with children.

Reading Buddies give individual attention to children. Many of these children need extra help with reading or just need the extra attention from an adult. Some children are advanced for their grade and need the time for more challenging material. Whatever the need, Reading Buddies can see improvement in the students at the end of the year.

Each Reading Buddy is assigned a child at the beginning of the year. They meet with the child for 30 minutes each week. Reading Buddies choose the schools where they want to volunteer. Volunteers in our community usually work at DAR, Claysville or Guntersville Elementary. Some read with one child only, others read with several.

The program is under the Marshall County RSVP, but there is no age requirement to be a Reading Buddy. If you would like to volunteer for this rewarding program, call Cindy McGregor at RSVP. This program is so fun and rewarding that volunteers return each year. Reading Buddies make a difference!

Meeting Confusion

I have had walking pneumonia for two weeks now. I thought I was doing well, but it appears I was just a little bit sicker than I thought.

Honeycomb Valley Community Watch meets the second Monday of every other month at 6:30 pm. I wrote my last column while I was under the influence of fever, steroids, antibiotics and cough syrup, which is never good. Somehow, I wrote that the meeting was 5:30 p.m. on May 7, which was a week and an hour early.

Thankfully, the group sent out an email correcting the date and time. However, at my house, we went down the rabbit hole. My husband Wayne had a meatloaf cooked to carry to the meeting on May 7. He even called neighbors to remind them.

Mickey and Cindy Hunt purchased chicken fingers to take.

Imagine our confusion when we arrived and no one was there. That is when I realized that May 7 was not the second Monday in May.

We traded half our meatloaf for half of the Hunts' chicken. At home, we had chicken and biscuits along with meatloaf and biscuits.

I apologize to anyone else who went down the rabbit hole with me and for the confusion. The pneumonia is gone and my head is becoming clearer.

So, I will see you at the Honeycomb Valley Community Watch meeting on May 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Other News

Decoration Day was May 6 at Walker Cemetery. The cemetery was mowed and fresh flowers were on the graves. It really looked great.

Residents in the area who have tried spraying castor oil based repellents say it does keep the armadillos away. You have to reapply after it rains. This can be expensive with the ready mixed repellent. However, castor oil mixed with a little dish soap seems to work as well.

Christina Williams received a bachelor's degree from the University of Montevallo. Her proud parents are Paul and Phyllis Williams.

Diane Allen, Christina Williams and Debessa Holcomb have birthdays. Happy birthday, ladies!

LeShell and Ki Smith and Paul and Phyllis Williams celebrate their anniversaries. Happy anniversary!

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