Linda Jackman's dedication to young learners was recognized by Mayor Jon Nehring as she was named Volunteer of the Month for April for her passion helping elementary school children learn to read.
Jackman has volunteered an hour a day in Liberty Elementary teacher Betsy Guerra's first-grade class for the past three years.
"Linda shares her love of literature by reading with her young students, and the children love her," said the mayor at the May 14 City Council meeting where Jackman was honored. "She has built a rapport with many children, and is now following one of Guerra's students to second grade, where she continues to work with him."
"At the early elementary school level, the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children, and with them," said Nehring. "That is the real value that Linda brings through her volunteer work. She is not only helping inspire generations to achieve their potential, but instilling a love of reading that will better prepare them for the rest of their school days ahead, and in life."
Jackman also donates school supplies to the classroom and has bought Highlight Magazine subscriptions for all first, second and third-grade classes at Liberty.
"The selfless and dedicated service that Linda is providing make her not only an asset to Liberty Elementary and its students and teachers, but an inspiration to the entire community," Nehring noted during the presentation.