Honoree: Penny Wilton
Honored by: THINK Together
Cause Area: Education
On behalf of everyone at THINK Together’s Shalimar Learning Center, we honor Penny Wilton as an outstanding volunteer. She brings a friendly openness to her volunteering that is refreshing and vital to interacting with the young students at Shalimar. Penny has volunteered at Shalimar for over 5 years, yet her keen sense of identifying and addressing the changing volunteer needs reflect an understanding far beyond her tenure.
Penny listens to the needs of the kids, the staff and other volunteers with a ready smile and quick resolve to address whatever the need is. When more helping hands are needed, Penny finds just the right friends to recruit, who she knows will bring a caring touch to the homework room or Reading Workshop at Shalimar.
The Reading Workshop is a curriculum that guides students in grades 1-6 through a series of books of increasing challenge, with vocabulary reinforcement that improves the students’ use of the English language and overall academic achievement in the classroom. Recently, the reading program nearly doubled in size and Penny was instrumental in recruiting enough volunteers to assist the additional students, with impressive success in no time! When Penny recruited more volunteers as the program needs increased, what she provided was a chance for each volunteer to achieve balance between their own family needs and their time at Shalimar.
Without Penny’s enthusiastic help in continually refreshing the pool of volunteers at Shalimar, we wouldn’t be delivering the quality of service to the kids that her advocacy provides. “Thank you” are small words for such a great service that Penny provides to the kids herself and through the many other volunteers she has introduced to Shalimar.