Mom and Daughter Team Up to Inspire First Graders

"It was a wonderful experience!"That?s how JA volunteer Carolyn LaBute described her first volunteer experience with a classroom full of first graders. Carolyn is a trust officer with Somerset Trust Company and taught the JA Our Families?program, which focuses on the roles people play in the local economy and engages students with activities about needs, wants, jobs, tools and skills.Carolyn shared her experience in a thank-you note to Kelli Ruiz, director of education for Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania. But before Carolyn had set foot in the classroom, she learned that her daughter, Caitlin, needed volunteer hours for her college, so she invited her along.Mom and daughter got the picture book, "A Chair for my Mother," to read to the class. The book tells the story of a girl named Rosa. After a fire destroys her family?s home and possessions, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save and save until they can afford to buy one big, comfortable chair that all three of them can enjoy.After Caitlin read the book to the students, she donated the book to the class. It turns out the whole LaBute family likes to give of their time and treasure. Carolyn?s dad had received many awards for his volunteerism in the community. Carolyn and Caitlin took the awards to show the class."One little boy was so excited after seeing the volunteer awards, that he yelled out ?I want to be a volunteer!?" Carolyn said. "Thanks for letting me be a part of this."[A Chair for my Mother] <>

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