On Tuesday mornings at Watkins Glen Elementary School, three second-grade students seated at a round table in the cozy and colorful school library anxiously await the arrival of their friend, Stacy Burdick.
When Stacy walks into the library, the girls smile and greet her. Stacy collects the books that she and the girls have selected, and the group settles down to read. Stacy, who receives supports through The Arc of Schuyler, has been regularly volunteering at Watkins Glen Elementary School since 2007. She worked hard to hone her reading skills so that she could become a volunteer at the school and read to elementary students. Her time is well spent with the students as they practice reading with one another.
“The girls get as much out of it as Stacy does. By the end of the year they become a tight-knit group,” Librarian Kathy Gillette said. “They always ask, ‘Is Stacy going to come and read?’ You can tell she enjoys being here and that the kids enjoy having her here.” Stacy is looking forward to continuing her relationship with the local school and expanding her volunteer efforts in the future. As she and the girls choose books to read next week, Stacy shares, “I look forward to coming every week. It’s fun to read to a new group of kids each year to spend time with and to help them learn how to read.”
Stacy is also a talented artist who enjoys sharing with others by exhibiting her work at the Franklin Street Gallery and Gift Shop in Watkins Glen. She looks forward to continuing to develop her skills and talent as an artist at The Arc of Schuyler.